Amisulpride tablets - 100 mg, 200 mg and 400 mg
From 1 September 2016, PHARMAC is making a change to the funded brand of amisulpride tablets.
What is changing?
The funded brand of amisulpride tablets will change from Solian to a new brand, Sulprix.
When will the change occur?
From 1 September 2016 the Sulprix brand of amisulpride tablets will be fully subsidised and listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
From 1 November 2016 a part payment may be required for the Solian brand. To avoid this part payment, your pharmacist will dispense you the Sulprix brand of amisulpride.
From 1 February 2017 only the Sulprix brand of amisulpride will be funded when you pick up your prescription. The Solian brand may or may not be available after this date (at the discretion of the supplier, Mylan) and will not be funded.
Your doctor, nurse and pharmacist have been told about the change and are the best people to discuss these changes with you.
Will the medicine work in the same way?
Your medicine itself is not changing, only the brand. The newly funded tablets contain the same amount of the active ingredient – amisulpride. This means you should have the same effect from taking Sulprix as you do taking Solian.
You shouldn’t notice any difference in how you feel after taking the Sulprix brand of amisulpride. If you do notice any major changes or side effects, please talk with your doctor or nurse about it.
Medsafe, the agency that approves medicine for use in New Zealand, carefully considered the safety and effectiveness of Sulprix before approving its use.
Will there be any extra costs for me to pay?
Other than the usual patient co-payment, there will be no extra cost for you.
Will the tablets or pack look different?
Because Sulprix is made by a different supplier, the tablets and pack look a little different to your previous medication. The tablets will still come in a blister pack.
Why has this change happened?
By changing to a different brand of amisulpride tablets, this frees up money that can be used to fund other medicines to treat other people in our communities.
Where can I get more information?
If you have any questions about the change please contact PHARMAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your health professional will also help you during the changeover period.
Last updated: 27 June 2017