Rivaroxaban is an oral anticoagulant used for the prevention of strokes and the prevention or treatment of other blood clots.
What is changing?
- From 1 August 2018, rivaroxaban 10 mg, 15 mg and 20 mg tablets will be funded.
This will increase treatment options for people who require anticoagulation to prevent or treat the formation of blood clots.
There will be no funding restrictions on who can prescribe rivaroxaban and for what condition.
The only restriction for rivaroxaban will be applied to the 10 mg tablet, which will limit the dose to one tablet per day. 15 mg and 20 mg tablets are available.
Rivaroxaban – like all anticoagulants – increases your risk of bleeding or bruising.
Health Navigator has information about how to take rivaroxaban(external link) – you may want to talk this over with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Information for health professionals
Some new resources for health care professionals to learn about using rivaroxaban safely and appropriately:
- BPACnz article: Rivaroxaban: a fully-subsidised oral anticoagulant(external link)
- PHARMAC seminar online: Anticoagulation update
It’s important to ensure people understand how to take rivaroxaban safely. There’s consumer information, including a downloadable leaflet, available on the Health Navigator website which you may find useful in discussions with consumers.
Information for pharmacies
How will these changes impact the currently-funded rivaroxaban 10 mg tablet?
From 1 August 2018:
- the price and subsidy of the currently-listed 10 mg tablets will be reduced
- the Special Authority on the 10 mg tablets will be removed.
Please note that the Special Authority form will not be available from several days before this date.
Is there still a restriction on the 10 mg tablet?
Yes. There’s a restriction on the 10 mg tablet that limits the amount that can be given on a prescription to one 10 mg tablet per day.
If patients need a higher dose they should use the 15 mg or 20 mg tablet.
What are the different pack sizes for rivaroxaban?
|Strength of rivaroxaban||Pack size|
|10 mg||15 tablets|
|10 mg||30 tablets|
|15 mg||28 tablets|
|20 mg||28 tablets|
For now, we’ve listed the 28 tablets pack sizes, as these are the only pack sizes currently registered with Medsafe.
Last updated: 17 August 2018