EC Status and Availability

Nepal

EC ever use among women of reproductive age: 0.1% (DHS 2006)

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 28.8% (DHS 2011)

Contraceptive Use: 51.0% (DHS 2006, ever use of a modern method among women of reproductive age)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • Contragest - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • E-72 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • e-Con - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Feminor - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • i-pill* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Max-72 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Pregnon - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Unwanted 72 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)

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: IPPF-affiliated system, Social marketing programs (eg PSI, DKT, MSI and PSIA)

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No data available

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: Essential Medicines List

Pricing information: EC price information as of March 2013:
• I-pill = Rs. 160
• Unwanted = Rs. 150
• Feminor = Rs. 70
• E-72= Rs. 150
• Max- 72 = Rs. 160
• Contragest = Rs. 80

Other relevant information: EC distributed via IPPF outlets (1,000 - 5,000 in 2012).

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

In 2013, EC was not procured by the government (JSI/Deliver data).

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