16 December 2011 January 2012 Pharmaceutical Schedule Dispatch This document is provided to pharmacists as an early notification of the changes to be announced in the January 2012 Update to the Pharmaceutical Schedule. Please notify PHARMAC (0800 66 00 50) to change or remove your contact details. New listings Atovastatin (Dr Reddy’s Atorvastatin) tab 10 mg (p’code 2389541), 20 mg (p’code 2389568), 40 mg (p’code 2389576) and 80 mg (p’code 2389584) Cefazolin sodium (AFT) inj 500 mg (p’code 2391325) and inj 1 g (p’code 2391317) – subsidy by endorsement for dialysis or cystic fibrosis patients Cefuroxime sodium (m-Cefuroxime) inj 750 mg (p’code 2378140) – maximum of 1 inj per prescription; can be waived by endorsement Glyceryl trinitrate (Glytrin) aerosol spray 400 µg per dose, 250 dose OP (p’code 2389975) – up to 250 dose available on a PSO Sulindac (Aclin) tab 100 mg (p’code 2384221) and tab 200 mg (p’code 2384248) – additional subsidy by Special Authority Temozolomide (Temaccord) cap 5 mg (p’code 2388278), 20 mg (p’code 2388251), 100 mg (p’code 2388243) and 250 mg (p’code 2388235) – Special Authority – Retail pharmacy
Changes to restrictions Standard Supplements powder and liquid – amended Special Authority criteria – removal of reference to manual applications Extensively hydrolysed formula (Pepti Junior Gold) powder – amended Special Authority criteria
Chemical Bimatoprost Clarithromycin Fluconazole Presentation Eye drops 0.03%, 3 ml OP Tab 250 mg Cap 50 mg Cap 150 mg Cap 200 mg Tab 500 mg Fully subsidised brands Lumigan Apo-Clarithromycin Ozole Ozole Ozole Parafast* Pharmacare Arrow-Timolol Arrow-Timolol Klacid Klamycin Pacific Pacific Pacific Partially subsidised brands
Paracetamol Timolol maleate
Eye drops 0.25 %, 5 ml OP Eye drops 0.5 %, 5 ml OP * Note, there is no subsidy change for this brand.
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Chemical Amiloride Betahistine dihydrochloride Chlorothiazide Clonazepam Dexamethasone Doxepin hydrochloride Presentation Oral liq 1 mg per ml, 25 ml OP Tab 16 mg Oral liq 50 mg per ml, 25 ml OP Tab 500 µg Tab 2 mg Oral liq 1 mg per ml, 25 ml OP Tab 10 mg Tab 25 mg Tab 50 mg Oral liq 50 µg per ml, 25 ml OP Tab 125 mg Tab 250 mg Tab 500 mg Tab 200 mg Tab 400 mg Tab 10 mg Tab 25 mg Oral liq 5 mg per ml, 25 ml OP Inj 10 mg per ml, 1 ml Inj 40 mg per ml, 1 ml Tab 300 mg Fully subsidised brands Biomed Vergo 16 Biomed Paxam Paxam Biomed Anten Anten Anten Biomed Prodopa Prodopa Prodopa Trichozole Trichozole Norpress Norpress Biomed Kenacort-A Kenacort-A40 TMP
Folic acid Methyldopa
Metronidazole Nortriptyline hydrochoride Spironolactone Triamcinolone acetonide Trimethoprim
NB. For further details and magnitude of the above subsidy changes, please consult the online version of the Update to the Pharmaceutical Schedule at: www.pharmac.govt.nz/healthpros/Schedule.
Upcoming Brand Switch Fee payments
Brandswitch payments are designed to recognise the additional counselling required for switching patients between certain brands of medicines. What medicines are eligible for brandswitch payments? Medicines used generally for chronic conditions, subject to Sole Supply change and not available over-the-counter. Additional criteria such as patient numbers are also considered. Medicines that have been subject to a brand switch in the last 5 years, or are a generic to generic switch, are not eligible. The criteria were agreed by the Pharmacy Services Advisory Group. Possible upcoming Brandswitch payments (yet to be approved) Losartan with or without hydrochlorothiazide tablets from 1 March 2012 – 31 May 2012 Ethinyloestradiol and levonorgestrel tablets from 1 April 2012 – 30 June 2012 Please note the brand changes for paracetamol 500 mg tablets and omeprazole capsules do not meet the Brandswitch criteria.
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