30 July 2020: OIA response: Dispensing NPPA B medicines

30 July 2020

Dear [name and contact details withheld]

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to NPPA B medicines.  You asked for:

  • which medicines have been paid by Sector Services to pharmacy using the ICPSA NPPA service B[*] calculation (OR the medicine costs for NPPA B in 2019 and 2020 in total)
  • the dispensing volumes in 2019 and 2020
  • the number of pharmacies dispensing these medicines
  • the DHBs where these pharmacies are located
  • the number of pharmacies dispensing per each DHB

Schedule to or for a Service User whose application is approved under the NPPA Policy

The information on total NPPA B medicine costs, and dispensing volumes, is listed in the table below.

Unfortunately we were not able to produce reliable data on the number of pharmacies in each DHB dispensing these medicines. Therefore, this information is declined on the basis that it does not exist in the form requested.

We trust that this information answers your queries. We are making our information more freely available, so we will now publish selected OIA responses (excluding personal details) on our website. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about this. 

Yours sincerely

 

Rachel Read
Manager, Policy and Government Services

[*NPPA Services B is the Dispensing of a Pharmaceutical that is not listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule to or for a Service User whose application is approved under the NPPA Policy]


 

Total gross expenditure on NPPA service B medicines in 2018 and 2019 calendar years

Year

2018

2019

Medicines cost excluding GST

4,226,590

5,961,138

Total number of dispensings of NPPA service B medicines in 2018 and 2019 calendar years

Year

2018

2019

Number of dispensings

4,490

6,659