31 August 2021: OIA response | Ocular lubricants dispensed in 2019/20 and 2020/21

31 August 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld] 

Request for information 

Thank you for your request dated 12 August 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to ocular lubricants. You requested: 

The number of funded packs dispensed for the following ocular lubricants for the latest two year period which has data available (e.g. Jul19-Jun21):

  • Hypromellose eye drops
  • Hypromellose with dextran eye drops
  • Carbomer ophthalmic gel
  • Macrogol and propylene glycol eye drops
  • Sodium hyaluronate eye drops
  • Paraffin liquid with wool fat eye ointment 

Total funded packs of ocular lubricants dispensed per financial year

Chemical

Formulation

2019/20

2020/21

Carbomer

Ophthalmic gel 0.3%, 0.5 g

7,007

9,750

Hypromellose

Eye drops 0.5%

3,425

3,390

Hypromellose with dextran

Eye drops 0.3% with dextran 0.1%

260,337

313,789

Macrogol 400 and propylene glycol

Eye drops 0.4% and propylene glycol 0.3%, 0.4 ml

19,687

19,474

Paraffin liquid with wool fat

Eye oint 3% with wool fat 3%

66,921

72,613

Sodium hyaluronate [Hyaluronic acid]

Eye drops 1 mg per ml

52,068

66,927

Please note:

  • The data provided represents publicly funded medicines dispensed under section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
  • Pharmac’s financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June.

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