30 July 2021: OIA response | Expenditure on antidepressants in New Zealand

30 July 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld]

Request for information

Thank you for your request dated 21 May 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to antidepressants. You requested:

How much is spent on antidepressants in NZ for the last 5 years

Please find a summary of the gross annual spend in both the community and hospitals for antidepressants over the past five calendar years: 

Table 1: Annual gross spend for antidepressants by calendar year - Community 

Year

Total gross cost ($)

2016

13,301,870

2017

10,387,879

2018

8,530,542

2019

8,421,209

2020

9,629,255

Table 2: Annual gross spend for antidepressants by calendar year - Hospitals

Year

Total gross cost ($)

2016

107,485

2017

81,647

2018

65,085

2019

64,330

2020

64,393

Please note that 2021 data is not yet available.

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