Opioid Price Watch

Welcome to the Opioid Price Watch Project

IAHPC has finished the second round of Opioid Price Watch (OPW), a project to monitor and report the dispensing price of opioids around the world. This project is as a component of the agreement of work as an NGO in formal relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is funded with grants from the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee and Atlantic Philanthropies.

The goal of OPW is to present information and generate awareness about availability and access to opioids for legitimate medical use.

  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.

IAHPC developed and implemented a pilot in 2013 to test OPW and reported the information collected on the availability, prices and affordability of 5 opioids (fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone) in 13 formulations. The pilot project was completed in 2014 and the report published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management available free to all (Open Access). The second round was completed in 2016 and a paper published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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


Many thanks to all the individuals who participated in this project. IAHPC will continue monitoring and reporting through OPW the dispensing prices of opioids for legitimate medical use throughout the globe.