Research and analysis
Availability of medical abortion commodities, by income status
Availability of medical abortion products in 66 countries
Between 2017-2018, IPPF, Gynuity Health Projects and Concept Foundation conducted data collection in 46 countries to populate an inventory of medical abortion products available around the world. IPPF and Gynuity completed a similar exercise in 20 additional countries in 2019-2020. In total, we visited 597 outlets in 66 countries. We analysed data on availability and quality of misoprostol, mifepristone and combipacks. In the prescription graph below, n = the number of products that we identified.
Price of medical abortion commodities at point-of-purchase in 61 countries
These graphs present information collected from 61 countries between 2017-2020
- n= number of price points.
- LAC = Latin America and the Caribbean
- EE/CA = Eastern Europe and Central Asia
- NA/ME = North Africa and the Middle East
Price range and median
Median prices (USD) by quality assurance status
|Quality-assured misoprostol, 1 pill (n=247)||$0.66|
|Non quality-assured misoprostol, 1 pill (n=156)||$0.54|
|Quality-assured combipack (n=18)||$9.76|
|Non quality-assured combipack (n=37)||$9.00|
Price per misoprostol pill, by region
Price per combipack, by region
Price per mifepristone pill, by region
Access to medical abortion
Each of these quotes from data collectors is from a different country, and together they highlight the range of issues surrounding access to quality medical abortion around the world.
IPPF and Gynuity Health Projects analysed medical abortion package inserts in 2017 and data on price and availability in 2020. These findings were published in peer-reviewed journals.