EC Status and Availability

India

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 10.8% (DHS 2005-06)

Contraceptive Use: No data available

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • E Pills - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • ECee2 - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • i-pill* - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • Pill 72* - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • Postinor-2* - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • Postpill - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • Pregnon - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • Preventol - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • Unwanted 72 - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Public sector clinics, Private clinics, Pharmacies, IPPF-affiliated system, Social marketing programs (eg PSI, DKT, MSI and PSIA), Community health distribution

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: National FP Norms

Pricing information: The price of EC ranges from INRs 2 to INRs 100 ($0.03 - $1.60), as of 2013.

Other relevant information: Television advertising of emergency contraceptive pills has been restricted, but ECPs are still available without a prescription. India's 2011 Essential Medicines List does not include EC.

EC distributed via IPPF outlets (5,000 - 10,000 in 2012).

In India, the lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the public sector is community health workers. The lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the private sector is pharmacists. (Data as of 2013.) (USAID/DELIVER, Contraceptive Security Indicators, 2013)

In 2013, EC was procured by the government. No stock-outs were reported at the central level (JSI/Deliver data).

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