Smoke free. That’s me!
PHARMAC want you, your family and whānau to enjoy living a smoke free life. Smoking will harm you and those around you. Living smoke free is great for you, your family and whānau.
For smokers - want to stop?
PHARMAC's role is to make sure you have affordable medicines available to help you stop smoking. This means when you get a prescription for these medicines from a quit provider or a doctor you are only charged the prescription fee. You are not charged the full price of the medicines PHARMAC funds to help you stop smoking.
If you choose to use medication that can make it easier to stop smoking, these are the funded treatments available in the community
Available through your quit provider:
- nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) - nicotine patches, lozenges and gum
Available on prescription from your GP (doctor):
- NRT patches, lozenges and gum
- varenicline (can only be used after other treatments have been tried , one 12-week course is funded per year).
In addition, the nicotine inhaler and nicotine oral spray are both funded for some people staying in DHB hospitals, with some restrictions.
You can view what smoking cessation products PHARMAC has assessed and the minutes to the clinical advisory committee meetings relating to these products through the application tracker.
I want to stop smoking, who should I talk to?
There are many smoking cessation professionals to help you become smoke free. These include:
More information is at the:
For Authorised Providers - how to order NRT
Who are Authorised Providers
Authorised Providers are providers approved by the Ministry of Health to deliver stop smoking services. They can access nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through the Onelink ordering system.
Ordering nicotine replacement therapy through Onelink
All nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) orders placed by Authorised Providers must be made through Onelink’s website(external link).
- An invoice/packing slip will be despatched with NRT orders.
- PHARMAC also receives a copy and pays Onelink.
- There's no need for Authorised Providers to pay any invoice related to NRT deliveries via the Onelink website.
Your Authorised Provider login and password have not changed and can be used on the Onelink website.
Onelink will be happy to help if you have any problems logging in, need to change your order or want to follow up on delivery.
Contact Onelink at:
Phone: (09) 815 2600
The user guide shows you how to use the Onelink ordering system.
Nicotine replacement therapy ordering dates and times
Ordering and delivery dates up until April 2020 are provided below. Please note these timelines carefully as reminders will not be provided.
All orders must be received by the quarterly order deadline to receive a delivery by the dates below. Orders received after the order deadline will be delivered in the next quarter.
If you haven’t ordered enough NRT and are still within the order deadline for the quarter, you can place another order(external link).
|Quarterly delivery||Order deadline||To be delivered before|
|January 2018||1 December 2017||19 January 2018|
|April 2018||16 March 2018||13 April 2018|
|July 2018||15 June 2018||13 July 2018|
|October 2018||21 September 2018||19 October 2018|
|January 2019||7 December 2018||25 January 2019|
|April 2019||15 March 2019||12 April 2019|
|July 2019||21 June 2019||19 July 2019|
|October 2019||20 September 2019||18 October 2019|
|January 2020||6 December 2019||24 January 2020|
|April 2020||20 March 2020||17 April 2020|
Key Authorised Providers contacts
Authorised Providers have one key contact to place orders and receive correspondence about NRT orders. It’s important to keep your key contact’s details up to date with PHARMAC to avoid unnecessary delays with your NRT order and to ensure you receive any updates.
If you need to update your key contact, email email@example.com
Nicotine replacement therapy – small packs available
From 1 April 2018 new, smaller pack sizes of nicotine gum, lozenges and patches will be available to Authorised Providers only. The smaller packs contain approximately one week’s supply of NRT and give people the opportunity to trial different types of NRT.
Expired NRT stock
Authorised Providers are responsible for ensuring good stock management of all NRT products ordered. This includes ordering appropriate quantities and ensuring older stock is issued first to reduce the likelihood of expiry.
If you have expired NRT products, these need to be disposed of safely. We recommend you ask your local pharmacy to assist with this.
Last updated: 24 January 2020