Last updated on: 7/27/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Royal Dutch Society for the Advancement of Pharmacy Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“A clear general conclusion may be drawn as concerns the lethal action of the euthanasic agents recommended by the KNMP’s [the Royal Dutch Society for the Advancement of Pharmacy] Task Force: the administration of thiopental [a drug that causes unconsciousness] followed by a muscle relaxant–provided the latter is properly administered–causes immediate death without any problems…

Intravenous administration is the most reliable and rapid way to accomplish euthanasia and therefore can be safely recommended.”

“Administration and Compounding of Euthanasic Agents,” Willamette Week Online, 1994

Description:

“The Royal Dutch Association for the Advancement of Pharmacy (Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie, KNMP) is the umbrella organisation for both professional pharmacists and the pharmacy in general, and it promotes both the interests of its members and the interests of the pharmaceutical sector in general.

Ever since its foundation in 1842 the KNMP has assisted pharmacists in the daily practice of their profession and its management, and it contributes to maintaining quality in the pharmaceutical sector.”

“About the KNMP,” www.knmp.nl (accessed July 16, 2009)

Mission:

“The KNMP formulates a perception of the profession, strives for excellent pharmaceutical care for patients and the provision of drugs, and stimulates the scientific practice of the pharmaceutical sector in the Netherlands.”

“About the KNMP,” www.knmp.nl (accessed July 16, 2009)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Ensure a Good Death?