Buspirone 5 mg and 10 mg tablets
Buspirone is a medicine used to treat anxiety.
What is changing?
The brand of buspirone that PHARMAC funds will change from Pacific Buspirone to Orion Buspirone. The Orion Buspirone brand will have different packaging and the tablets will be sealed in a foil blister pack rather than being supplied loose in a bottle.
When will the change take effect?
- From 1 May 2016 Orion Buspirone will be fully funded.
- From 1 July 2016 a part payment may be required for Pacific Buspirone. Orion Buspirone will continue to be fully funded.
- From 1 October 2016 only Orion Buspirone will be available fully funded. Pacific Buspirone will no longer be funded.
Will the new brand work the same?
Yes. Only the brand of your medicine is changing. The newly funded tablets will have the same amount of the active ingredient, buspirone hydrochloride. This means that you should have the same effect from taking the Orion Buspirone brand as you did from taking the Pacific Buspirone brand.
Medsafe, the agency that approves medicines for use in New Zealand, carefully considered the safety and effectiveness of Orion Buspirone before approving it.
You shouldn’t notice any difference in how you feel after taking Orion Buspirone. If you do notice any changes or side effects, please talk with your doctor about it.
Will the new brand cost me more?
No. You will pay the usual patient co-payment. There will be no extra cost for you for the Orion Buspirone brand.
Will I still be able to get my current brand after 1 October 2016?
Once the funding for the Pacific Buspirone stops after 1 October 2016, we can’t guarantee it will remain available or how much it will cost.
If you do want to keep using the Pacific Buspirone brand of buspirone hydrochloride you can ask your pharmacist to check the price and availability.
Will the tablets look different?
Yes. Because Orion Buspirone is made by a different supplier, the tablets will look different to what you are used to. The Orion Buspirone brand will also have different packaging and the tablets will be sealed in a foil blister pack.
Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information about the change please contact the PHARMAC helpline, 0800 66 00 50 (between 9 am and 4 pm weekdays). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with your queries and/or comments.
Your doctor, nurse and pharmacist will also help guide you during the changeover period.
Last updated: 27 June 2017