Amiodarone hydrochloride tablets 100 mg and 200 mg
Amiodarone is used to control a fast or irregular heartbeat.
What is changing?
The brands of amiodarone that PHARMAC funds will change.
- Currently, there are two brands funded, Cordarone-X and Aratac.
- The change means only the Cordarone-X brand of amiodarone will be funded.
When will this change happen?
- From 1 October 2016 a part payment may be required for Aratac. Cordarone-X will continue to be fully funded.
- From 1 January 2017 only Cordarone-X will be fully funded. Aratac will no longer be funded.
Will the new brand work the same?
Yes. Only the brand of your medicine is changing. The Cordarone-X brand will have the same amount of the active ingredient, amiodarone hydrochloride. This means that you should have the same effect from taking Cordarone-X as you do taking Aratac.
Medsafe, the agency that approves medicines for use in New Zealand, carefully considered the safety and effectiveness of Cordarone-X before approving it.
You shouldn’t notice any difference in how you feel after taking Cordarone-X. If you do notice any changes or side effects, please talk with your doctor about it.
Will the tablets look different?
Yes. Because Cordarone-X is made by a different supplier, the tablets will look different to what you are used to.
Will the new brand cost me more?
No. You will pay the usual patient co-payment. There will be no extra cost for you with the Cordarone-X brand.
Will I still be able to get my current brand after 1 January 2017?
If you are taking Cordarone-X will not need to change brands. Only people who take Aratac will need to change brands.
After 1 January 2017, we can’t guarantee Aratac will remain available or how much it will cost.
If you do want to keep using the Aratac brand of amiodarone you can ask your pharmacist to check the price and availability.
Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information about the change you can contact PHARMAC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your doctor, nurse and pharmacist will also help guide you during the changeover period.
Last updated: 27 June 2017