Opioid Price Watch

Welcome to the Opioid Price Watch Project

This project presents and reports global information on the availability, affordability and prices of 5 strong opioids (fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone) in 13 formulations. The project was developed and is led by Dr. Roberto Wenk and a working group of IAHPC board members, staff and external advisers. OPW is funded with a seed grant from the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee.

The goal is to generate awareness about access to opioids for legitimate medical use.
The objectives of the project are:

  1. Provide information on opioid availability globally;
  2. Show opioid price patterns among regions and countries, as reflected in differences in treatment costs, affordability, and differences in prices as a ratio of the international reference price; and
  3. .Allow further analysis of the difficulties in availability and affordability of opioid analgesics and suggest possible strategies addressing the identified problems.

Clicking the button below, will take you to the flash map where the different prices of opioids from around the world are displayed.

Map

Differences in reported prices may be the result of higher manufacturing, importation and customs fees, licensing, insurance and transportation costs, as well as differences in profit margins set by the manufacturers, suppliers and dispensers. Overall, high prices reflect the absence of national health policies to ensure safe access to opioids for the relief of pain and other symptoms; while low prices or free for the patient reflect the existence of national health policies that ensure access to opioids for medical needs.

The information for OPW is collected through voluntary participation of palliative care workers and individuals. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please contact IAHPC by sending an email to Ms Ana Restrepo, Operations Officer.

You will be sent the instructions, a letter you can present to the chief pharmacist recognizing you as a participant, and a link to the data collection form.

In recognition and gratitude for the participants, IAHPC will provide 3 months of free membership to the organization. Members of IAHPC can enjoy many benefits, including online access to palliative care journals and the possibility of applying for traveling scholarships. To learn more about membership benefits, click here. If you are already a member, your membership will be extended 3 months after we have received the completed price data form.