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Emergency contraceptive availability by country

The following is a list of countries that allow access to dedicated-purpose emergency contraceptive pills.


  • Europe 1
    • Austria 1.1
    • Bulgaria 1.2
    • Cyprus 1.3
    • Czech Republic 1.4
    • Denmark 1.5
    • Estonia 1.6
    • Finland 1.7
    • France 1.8
    • Germany 1.9
    • Greece 1.10
    • Hungary 1.11
    • Ireland 1.12
    • Italy 1.13
    • Lithuania 1.14
    • Netherlands 1.15
    • Norway 1.16
    • Poland 1.17
    • Romania 1.18
    • Russia 1.19
    • Slovakia 1.20
    • South Africa 1.21
    • Spain 1.22
    • Sweden 1.23
    • Switzerland 1.24
    • Turkey 1.25
    • United Kingdom 1.26
  • North America 2
    • Canada 2.1
    • United States 2.2
  • South America 3
    • Bolivia 3.1
    • Brazil 3.2
    • Argentina 3.3
    • Chile 3.4
    • Peru 3.5
    • Ecuador 3.6
  • Africa 4
    • Kenya 4.1
    • Morocco 4.2
    • South Africa 4.3
    • Zambia 4.4
    • Egypt 4.5
    • Madagascar 4.6
  • Asia 5
    • Bangladesh 5.1
    • China 5.2
    • Japan 5.3
    • India 5.4
    • Iraq 5.5
    • Israel 5.6
    • Malaysia 5.7
    • Pakistan 5.8
    • Saudi Arabia 5.9
    • South Korea 5.10
    • Sri Lanka 5.11
    • Thailand 5.12
  • Oceania 6
    • Australia 6.1
    • New Zealand 6.2
  • References 7



In Austria, ECPs are available without prescription in pharmacies.


In Bulgaria, levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive (Escapelle) is available over-the counter without a prescription in pharmacies.


In Cyprus, emergency contraception (Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg - Norlevo 1 dose) is available over-the-counter without prescription in pharmacies.

Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, Postinor-2 is available at pharmacies over the counter to anyone over 16.[1]


NorLevo is available over the counter.


In Estonia, it is available over the counter without prescription under the name Escapelle (one-dose package) and Postinor-DUO (two-dose package).


The Yuzpe regimen was introduced under the name Neoprimavlar in 1987.
In 2002 levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive (NorLevo 750 µg) became available over-the-counter in pharmacies. Only restrictions are that it cannot be administered to under 15 year-olds and only single package can be purchased at a time.[2]
Recently NorLevo 750 µg as a two-dose package has stepped aside from the NorLevo 1,5 mg single-dose package.


NorLevo, a two-dose progestin-only treatment, was approved in 1999, with nonprescription, pharmacy access. (France does not have an over-the-counter status equivalent.) In December 2000, public and parochial high school nurses were authorized to dispense emergency contraception. [3]


In Germany, emergency contraception is available by prescription only. There are Levonorgestrel and Ulipristal pills available.


In Greece emergency contraception is available in pharmacies and formally requires prescription, but de facto is sold in pharmacies over-the-counter.


In Hungary emergency contraception is available in pharmacies after a medical prescription or in hospitals.



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  2. ^ "News about the NorLevo becoming prescription-free". Finnish National Agency for Medicines. January 2002. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
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  4. ^ Emergency Contraception "Think Contraception", Crisis Pregnancy Agency, Irish Government
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  8. ^ La píldora poscoital ya es libre. Y no es aborto
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  10. ^ "Akut-p-piller" (in Swedish).  
  11. ^ "Contraception: past, present and future". UK Family Planning Association. April 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  12. ^ Plan B Canada. "plan B - The Morning After Pill". Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  13. ^ FDA (Jul 28, 1999). "Plan B approval package". Archived from the original on 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  14. ^ Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (September 2009). "Choosing a Birth Control Method: emergency contraception". Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  15. ^ Princeton University (November 4, 2009). "Emergency Contraception: Next Choice". Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  16. ^ FDA (Apr 22, 2009). "Plan B information page". Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  17. ^ "Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill". NY Times. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "CMI Brasil - Ministério amplia a distribuição gratuita da pílula do dia seguinte". Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  19. ^ "Buenos Aires Ciudad - Salud Sexual y Reproductiva". Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
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Levonelle and Postinor-2 are available from pharmacies without prescription.

New Zealand

Postinor-2 and Levonelle-2 (progestin-only emergency contraceptive) became available in 2002. In 2004, Postinor-2 became available without prescription. Both Postinor-2 and Levonelle-2 are available from chemists but require the patient to answer a few short questions from the attending pharmacist about previous use and time since intercourse.



Postinor is readily available over-the-counter in pharmacies such as Boots.


The Family Planning Association began offering the Yuzpe regimen in 1994. Postinor is readily available over-the-counter in pharmacies.

Sri Lanka

Postinor, Norlevo, Ella are available, requires prescription.

South Korea

Postinor-2 is available in Saudi Arabia.[30]

Saudi Arabia

Emkit (2 tablets dose of Emergency Contraceptive) and Emkit DS (Single Tablet dose of Oral Contraceptive) is manufactured by ZAFA Pharmaceuticals at Pakistan and is freely available all over the country.


Postinor was registered in 1987.


Postinor-2 and Postinor New are available over-the-counter in Israel.[30]


I-Pill is available over-the-counter at most large pharmacies.


The Indian Medical Association advises that high doses of combined oral contraceptive containing ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Yuzpe regimen) and copper releasing IUDs such as CuT 380A can be used as emergency contraceptive, but the Drug Controller of India has only approved (in 2001) levonorgestrel 0.75 mg. tablets for use as emergency contraceptive pills. On August 31, 2005, nonprescription, over-the-counter access to levonorgestrel-only emergency contraception was approved.


On December 25, 2010, Japan's Ministry of Health announced that levonorgestrel would be approved for use in the near future.[28] A levonorgestrel product named "Norurebo" (ノルレボ) was released on May 24, 2011.[29]


Anordrin, an estrogenic steroid of the 19-Norandrostane family, was the most frequently used emergency contraceptive in China in 1997.[27] Levonorgestrel emergency contraception in China is known as Yu Ting (毓婷 ; pinyin : Yùtíng) and An Ting (安婷 ; pinyin : Āntíng). In 2002, China became the first country in which mifepristone was registered for use as an emergency contraceptive.


Emcon, manufactured and distributed by Renata Limited.



Levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive is available over-the counter, though it may not be available in many pharmacies, especially outside the capital. One trade name is NorLevo.


Levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive is available over-the counter. One trade name is Contraplan-II.


Levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive called Lenor 72 was registered in 2002; in 2005 another levonorgestrel-only product called Pregnon was registered.


A single tablet levonorgestrel emergency contraception product, called Escapelle became available in March 2008.[26]

A Yuzpe product called E-Gen-C became available in 1997.

South Africa

The emergency contraception is legal in Morocco since 2008.


Postinor became available in 1997.



On May 23, 2005, and after a couple of years available in the market, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador suspended the inscription and the sanitary permission of Postinor-2 that led it to be provided in drug stores and hospitals.[25]


Emkit and Emkit DS, Manufactured by ZAFA Pharmaceutical is the number 1 Emergency Oral Contraceptive at Peru and is freely av ailable all over the country.


Postinor-2 (a progestin-only emergency contraceptive) became legal in Chile in 2002 after a Supreme Court battle.[20][21] Affluent Chileans were able to purchase it on demand from private health services, but poorer Chileans served by the national health service were only given emergency contraception if they were sexual assault victims.[22] In 2006, access to emergency contraception was briefly allowed for all females 14 and over, but this was immediately blocked by a court decision.[23] Months later an Appeals Court upheld a lower court decision to allow the Ministry of Health to distribute emergency contraceptives to minors without parental consent.[24] In April, 2008, Chile's Constitutional Court ruled free distribution of emergency contraceptives illegal. Constitutional Court rulings cannot be appealed.


Progestin-only emergency contraceptive pills are available for free at all public hospitals in Buenos Aires.[19]


Progestin-only emergency contraceptive pills are available for free at most public hospitals [18]


Emkit DS (Levnorgesterel Emergency Contraceptives) are freely available at Bolivia.


South America

On April 5, 2013, Judge Edward R. Korman in Brooklyn, New York, ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after birth control pill available to people of any age without a prescription. The order overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to require a prescription for girls under 17. Korman ordered the F.D.A. to lift any age and sale restrictions on Plan B One-Step, and its generic versions, within 30 days.[17]

Emergency contraception became available without prescription to men and women over 18 in 2006. As of April 2009, Plan B is available from pharmacies staffed by a licensed pharmacist to men and women 17 or older; women 16 and under require a prescription.[16]

[15] In 2009, a generic version of the original two-pill version of Plan B became available, called Next Choice (manufactured by Watson).[14] In 1999, the progestin-only

United States

Plan B is available over-the-counter in most Canadian provinces and territories. Plan B is kept behind the counter in Saskatchewan, and is available under prescription by a pharmacist in Quebec.[12]


North America

Since 2001, the primary emergency contraceptive available over the counter in pharmacies in the UK has been Levonelle One Step—a single-dose progestin-only treatment. This can be sold over the counter for personal use to anyone over 16 [11] and it is also available free of charge from health professionals to all ages.

United Kingdom

NorLevo is available over-the-counter in practically all Turkish pharmacies. The cost is currently (as of February 2009) 16 Turkish lira.


Since 2002, emergency contraception is available over-the-counter without a prescription at any pharmacy in Switzerland.


In Sweden it is available over the counter without prescription under the names Norlevo and Postinor at Apoteket .[9] It is also provided at hospitals and clinics.[10]


In Spain it is available without restriction, and is available over-the counter with no visit to a doctor. The Spanish Government approved the measure to make the pill available over the counter in pharmacies without prescription and with no age restrictions in August 2009.[8]


In South Africa, levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive (Escapelle) is available over-the counter without a prescription in pharmacies.

South Africa

In Slovakia levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive (Escapelle) is available over-the-counter without a prescription in pharmacies.


In Russia emergency contraception formally requires prescription, but de facto is sold in pharmacies over-the-counter.


In Romania emergency contraception is available only in pharmacies and it legally requires a medical prescription,[7] but it is relatively easy to buy it without such a document.


Postinor-2 and Escapelle are available by medical prescription.


NorLevo is available over-the-counter.


Since January 2005, levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive (NorLevo 1.5 mg) has been available over-the-counter without a prescription in pharmacies and drug stores.


Postinor and, since 2003, Postinor-2 are available over-the-counter without a prescription in pharmacies.


In Italy emergency contraception is available in pharmacies and hospitals, but it requires medical prescription.


A survey in May 2011 showed that 85% of pharmacists have been asked for the morning after pill since it became available over-the-counter.[6]

Shortly afterwards, on 15 February 2011, the NorLevo morning after pill became available from all pharmacies over-the-counter without prescription. It is available without consultation and there is no age restriction.

On 12 January 2011, the morning after pill became available over-the-counter without a prescription from Boots pharmacies.[5]


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