Carvedilol tab 6.25mg, 12.5mg and 25mg - change from Dilatrend to Dicarz.
At the moment you take Dilatrend tablets, a treatment for a number of conditions. Dilatrend is the brand name and the medicine inside is called carvedilol.
Recently a decision was made to change the brand of the funded carvedilol. This means that from 1 September 2015 only the Dicarz brand will be funded.
What is changing?
The funded brand of carvedilol will change from Dilatrend to Dilanz.
When will the change happen?
- From 1 April 2015 the Dicarz brand of carvedilol will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
- From 1 June 2015 a part payment may be required for Dilatrend. Dicarz will remain fully subsidised.
- From 1 September 2015, only Dicarz will be available fully subsidised. Dilatrend will no longer be subsidised.
Will the tablets or pack look different?
Because Dicarz is made by a different supplier, the tablets will look a little different to the Dilatrend tablets, but they will still have the same active medicine and will work just the same.
Will the medicine work the same?
Your medicine itself is not changing, only the brand. The newly funded tablets contain the same amount of the active ingredient – carvedilol. This means that you should have the same effect from taking Dicarz as you currently do taking Dilatrend.
Medsafe, the agency that approves medicine for use in New Zealand, approved Dicarz after carefully considering its safety and effectiveness. Medsafe considered Dicarz should have the same effect as Dilatrend.
You shouldn’t notice any difference in how you feel after taking Dicarz. If you do notice any major changes or side effects, please talk with your doctor about it.
Will my current brand be available after 1 September 2015?
If you would prefer to continue taking the Dilatrend brand after 1 September 2015, all the costs of purchasing it will have to be met by you. It will no longer be the subsidised brand of carvedilol in New Zealand.
The availability and price of Dilatrend after 1 June 2015 will be at the discretion of the pharmaceutical supplier (Roche).
Will the new brand cost me any more?
Other than the usual patient co-payment, there will be no extra cost to you for Dicarz. This will be the subsidised brand of the medication in New Zealand from 1 June 2015.
Where can I get more information?
Please phone the PHARMAC helpline, 0800 66 00 50 (between 9 am and 4 pm weekdays).
You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your queries and/or comments.
Your doctor and pharmacist will also help guide you during the changeover period.
Last updated: 4 July 2016