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Medicine subsidy

News Update: cilazapril with hydrochlorothiazide will no longer be available in New Zealand

Patients currently prescribed cilazapril + hydrochlorothiazide...

March 2020

Biosimilars: the future of prescribing biological medicines

Biological medicines are an important advancement in the pharmaceutical...

January 2020

News update: Criteria widened for exceptional circumstances funding of lamotrigine

November 2019

The funded brand of lamotrigine is changing

Changes in funded brands of antiepileptic medicines can lead...

August 2019

Antiarrhythmic medicine brand changes: flecainide and amiodarone

Patients taking oral flecainide or amiodarone need to know that...

July 2019

Vildagliptin: a new treatment for type 2 diabetes

Vildagliptin is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor available...

September 2018

Aripiprazole prescribing changes: Special Authority approval no longer required, new sole-subsidised brand

From 1 June, 2018, aripiprazole can be prescribed without Special...

June 2018

Prescribing gabapentin and pregabalin: upcoming subsidy changes

From 1 May, 2018, pregabalin will be available to prescribe,...

March 2018

Methylnaltrexone is a subsidised treatment option for opioid-induced constipation in palliative care

Methylnaltrexone injections are now subsidised for the treatment...

January 2018

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose: now available for the treatment of iron deficiency

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose is now a potential option...

November 2017

4% dimethicone lotion: a subsidised treatment for head lice

From 1 May, 2017, 4% dimethicone lotion can be prescribed fully...

May 2017

Access to HPV vaccine widened

The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine reduces the incidence...

November 2016

Medicine updates

Two newly funded medicines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary...

December 2014

News Updates

Medicines update: removal of Special Authority status | Antianginal...

October 2014

Atypical antipsychotics: one fully subsidised brand for quetiapine, risperidone and olanzapine

At present there are multiple brands of some of the fully subsidised...

July 2014

Gout update: Febuxostat now subsidised on Special Authority

Febuxostat was added to the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule...

July 2014

Fluoxetine brand change: Arrow-Fluoxetine sole subsidised brand from 1 July

From 1 July 2014, Arrow-Fluoxetine will be the sole subsidised...

June 2014

Changes to the National Immunisation Schedule: rotavirus vaccine now added

Changes to the National Immunisation Schedule will soon take...

June 2014

News Updates

Captopril tablets discontinued: ACE inhibitor alternatives |...

February 2014

Risedronate now fully subsidised: What is its place in practice?

Risedronate has been fully subsided in New Zealand without restriction...

November 2013

Ticagrelor – out with the old, in with the new?

Ticagrelor (Brilinta) is a new oral antiplatelet medicine, which...

August 2013

Upfront: Unapproved medicines and unapproved uses of medicines: keeping prescribers and patients safe

An approved medicine is a medicine which has been through a...

March 2013

An update on the management of gout

The management of gout involves treatment of an acute attack,...

March 2013

News and updates: Update on azithromycin

Update on azithromycin: new prescriber information and ava...

November 2012

Funding changes to diabetes management products announced

Key dates for the changes CareSens meters Insulin pumps

September 2012

Schedule changes for asthma inhalers

From 1 February, 2012 schedule changes for some asthma medicines...

February 2012

News in brief: Varenicline: amendments to Special Authority funding

Brief details on Varenicline use and changes to the special...

August 2011

News in brief

Changes to nicotine replacement therapy prescriptions | Topical...

February 2011

Snippets: Fentanyl patches

Fentanyl patches to be available without Special Authority in...

December 2010

Snippets: Jadelle & Sibutramine

Jadelle – A newly funded long-acting contraceptive implant |...

November 2010

Snippets: Insulin glargine & Ezetimibe

Insulin glargine – access widened from 1 August 2010 | Changes...

October 2010

Access to clopidogrel now widened

Clopidogrel, an antiplatelet medicine, is now able to be prescribed...

October 2010

Snippets: Iodine supplements Zoledronic acid & Atorvastatin

• Iodine supplements now funded
• Zoledronic acid now funded
• Atorvastatin...

August 2010

The pharmacological management of Alzheimer’s disease: The place of donepezil

From November 1, 2010 donepezil will be funded without Special...

August 2010

Practice snippets

Dextropropoxyphene-containing medicines to be withdrawn | Sibutramine...

March 2010

Nicotine replacement therapy prescription changes

Details of changes to the funding/availability of nicotine...

November 2009

Snippets: Nicotinic acid Fosamax Plus & Genetic testing

Nicotinic acid/laropiprant (Tredaptive) ▪ Fosamax Plus...

November 2009

Are whānau paying the right amount for pharmaceuticals and health services?

He tika te utu rongoā, te utu ratonga hauora rānei? Cost...

July 2009

How does PHARMAC assess if a brand change is appropriate

PHARMAC carefully considers whether brand changes for specific...

July 2009

Accessing funded medicines in New Zealand

A brief guide for GPs to the methods used to access funded...

June 2009

Removal of isotretinoin prescriber restrictions

From 1 March 2009 PHARMAC will widen access to vocationally...

February 2009

Snippets: Anticonvulsants & Salbutamol

Anticonvulsants and suicide, subsidy changes for salbutamol,...

June 2008

Brand change update: Ritalin SR now available by special access

In response to concerns raised by Medsafe and the Centre for...

December 2007

Upfront: Changing to a Generic Drug

Visits the main points around changing to a generic drug from...

June 2007

Counselling patients through a brand change

Advice on counselling patients through a brand change.

March 2007

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