Atomoxetine – further delay in change of funded brand and open access
15 October 2019
What we're doing
PHARMAC is advising all interested parties that there is a further delay in the listing of a new funded brand of atomoxetine and removal of the current funding restrictions. The following reflects the most up-to-date information.
The listing of the Generic Partners’ brand of atomoxetine capsules (10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, and 100 mg) has been delayed and will now be listed from 1 January 2020; and the restrictions will be removed from atomoxetine from that date. The current funded brand, Strattera, will remain listed until 1 June 2020.
This change was the subject of a consultation letter dated 10 December 2018. The subsequent decision was notified on 31 January 2019. It was originally communicated that the Generic Partners’ brand of atomoxetine would be funded from 1 July 2019 and all funding restrictions would be removed from atomoxetine at the same time.
Generic Partners has recently advised PHARMAC of a delay in supplying its brand of atomoxetine. As a result, the listing date in Section B and Part II of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule for all strengths will be moved to 1 January 2020, and the Special Authority and the Hospital Indication Restriction for atomoxetine will now be removed from 1 January 2020.
This also means the subsidy reduction in Section B for the currently funded Strattera brand will now occur from 1 March 2020. The Strattera brand will be delisted from Part II of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule (hospital listing) on 1 March 2020 and from Section B (community listing) from 1 June 2020.
Generic Partners will be the sole subsidised brand from 1 June 2020 in the community until 30 June 2022 and will be the Hospital Supply Status brand of atomoxetine until 30 June 2022, with a 1% DV Limit.
A Brand Switch Fee will apply to Generic Partners’ brand for the period of 1 June 2020 until 1 September 2020.
If you have any questions about this decision, you can email us at email@example.com; or call our toll free number (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) on 0800 66 00 50.
Last updated: 4 December 2019