19 April 2021: OIA response | anti-cancer agents units dispensed from 2018-2020

19 April 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld] 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 

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

…the annual units purchased by presentation for the last 3 years for:

  1. bleomycin
  2. lomustine
  3. dacarbazine
  4. hydroxyurea

Please find the data in the tables below. 

Please note:

  • The data provided represents quantities dispensed in the community or administered to patients in hospitals in the specified periods, based on pharmacy claims.
  • The data provided may include "wastage" - that is, part portions of vials or packs which cannot be used for or dispensed to patients, but for which the Schedule rules allow pharmacies to claim funding for.
  • The data is provided per financial year (FYR) ending 30 June. PHARMAC’s financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June. 

Table 1: bleomycin sulphate units dispensed

Formulation

FYR

Number of units

Unit

Inj 1,000 iu for ECP

2018

11,819,886

iu

Inj 1,000 iu for ECP

2019

9,251,899

iu

Inj 1,000 iu for ECP

2020

8,267,293

iu

Inj 15,000 iu, vial

2018

1,026

inj

Inj 15,000 iu, vial

2019

757

inj

Inj 15,000 iu, vial

2020

609

inj

Table 2: lomustine units dispensed

Formulation

FYR

Number of units

Unit

Cap 10 mg

2018

628

caps

Cap 10 mg

2019

371

caps

Cap 10 mg

2020

393

caps

Cap 40 mg

2018

390

caps

Cap 40 mg

2019

570

caps

Cap 40 mg

2020

691

caps

Table 3: dacarbazine units dispensed

Formulation

FYR

Number of units

Unit

Inj 200 mg for ECP

2018

396,800

mg

Inj 200 mg for ECP

2019

478,600

mg

Inj 200 mg for ECP

2020

416,200

mg

Inj 200 mg vial

2018

2,352

inj

Inj 200 mg vial

2019

1,427

inj

Inj 200 mg vial

2020

1,530

inj

Table 4: hydroxyurea [hydroxycarbamide] units dispensed

Formulation

FYR

Number of units

Unit

Cap 500 mg

2018

1,090,507

caps

Cap 500 mg

2019

1,183,334

caps

Cap 500 mg

2020

1,239,412

caps


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