18 June 2021: OIA response | Annual spend on statins

18 June 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld] 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 

Thank you for your request dated 28 May 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to statins. You requested: 

A rough estimate as to how much money gets spent on statins in NZ each year. 

Please find a summary of the gross annual spend, by financial year and chemical, for statins over the past three financial years[1].

Table: Annual gross spend for statins by financial year

Chemical name

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Atorvastatin

3,774,010.87

3,477,433.29

3,660,960.14

Pravastatin

315,572.15

311,307.41

378,210.43

Simvastatin

940,326.28

822,914.33

854,498.41

We trust that this information answers your queries. We are making our information more freely available, so we 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

[1] PHARMAC’s financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June.