Travoprost 0.004% eye drops: Travopt is the new funded brand
Travoprost 0.004% eye drops are used in the treatment of glaucoma.
What is changing?
The funded brand of travoprost 0.004% eye drops is changing to Travopt. This means Travatan will no longer be funded.
Your new brand is available from 1 November 2017
- From 1 November 2017 Travopt will be fully funded and available for patients.
- From 1 January 2018 a part payment may be required for Travatan.
- From 1 April 2018 only Travopt will be fully funded. Travatan will no longer be funded.
- If you do want to keep using your current brand of travoprost 0.004% eye drops, you can ask your pharmacist to check the price and availability. After 1 April 2018 PHARMAC cannot guarantee the availability or price of Travatan.
Travopt works the same as the other brand
- Travopt has the same active ingredient as Travatan and is delivered to the eyes in the same way. This means it will have the same effect as the other brands.
- Travopt has been thoroughly evaluated by Medsafe to ensure it’s safe and works the same as the other brands.
- The Travopt eye drops expire 6 weeks after opening. All remaining eye drops should be discarded and not used after that date.
How is Travopt different?
- Travopt doesn't contain benzalkonium chloride (BAK) preservative. BAK is a preservative which some people may be sensitive to.
- Travopt eye drops comes in a 5 ml bottle, a larger size than the Travatan brand which comes in a 2.5 ml bottle. Your pharmacist will work out how many bottles you need to ensure you have enough eye drops.
It’s understandable that you might have questions about changing your medicine but you shouldn’t notice any difference when you change to Travopt. If you have any questions or concerns about changes to medicines, you should talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
There’s more information about medicines and changes to medicines on PHARMAC’s website: The facts about generic and biosimilar medicines.
Travopt comes in a larger bottle with a longer expiry date
|Previous brand||New brand|
|bottle size 2.5 ml||bottle size 5 ml|
|4 weeks expiry after opening||6 weeks expiry after opening|
Last updated: 10 November 2017