Medicine name changes
From time to time there will be a change in the name of a medicine.
Sometimes there will also be a different medicine from the one you used to take.
There can be several reasons why this happens.
- The manufacturer of the medicine removes it from New Zealand and so an alternative is provided at no additional cost to you.
- The manufacturer changes the name of the medicine.
- A replacement medicine has become available at a lower price
PHARMAC is primarily concerned with providing the best medicines for New Zealand within a limited budget.
PHARMAC will look to make savings where it can. The price of medicines will often reduce dramatically when their patent runs out because other companies are allowed to manufacture the same medicine without having gone through the research, development and trials the original manufacturer did.
Also there may be several companies competing to manufacture and supply the medicine.
When a patent on a medicine runs out, the medicine is then referred to as 'generic'.
Why use generic medicines?
Please call our helpline on 0800 66 00 50 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about a brand change.
Last updated: 4 June 2020