PHARMAC is making some changes to the funded brands of risperidone tablets.
What is changing?
There are currently five funded brands of this medication available.
- Dr Reddy's risperidone
- “Risperidone” (supplied by Actavis, referred to as “Actavis’ Risperidone”)
If you take Apo-Risperidone, Dr Reddy's Risperidone, Ridal or Risperdal you will need to change to the Actavis’ Risperidone brand of risperidone tablets.
When will the change happen
- From 1 February 2014 a part payment may be required for the risperidone brand you are taking unless you are already taking Actavis’ Risperidone. To avoid this part payment, you will need to take the fully funded Actavis’ Risperidone.
- From 1 May 2015, only Actavis’ Risperidone will be funded. There will be no other brands funded after this date.
Will the medicine work in the same way?
Your medicine itself is not changing, only the brand. All the currently funded brands, including Actavis’ Risperidone, contain the same amount of the active ingredient, risperidone. This means that the effect of the medicine Actavis’ Risperidone should be the same as any other brand you may be currently taking.
You shouldn’t notice any difference in how you feel after taking Actavis’ Risperidone. If you do notice any major changes or side effects, please talk with your doctor about it.
Will there be any additional costs for me to pay after 1 February 2015 or after 1 May 2015?
Other than the usual patient co-payment, there will be no extra cost for you to pay if you take the fully funded brand, Actavis’ Risperidone.
Will the tablets or pack look different?
Actavis’ Risperidone is made by a different supplier and will look different, but will still have the same active medicine and will work in the same way.
The Actavis’ Risperidone blister packs and tablets are illustrated below.
Last updated: 4 July 2016