OIA response: Antifungals data

Response to a request for information on antifungal medicines.

10 December 2019

[name and contact details redacted] 

Dear [name redacted]

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - ANTIFUNGALS

Thank you for your request dated 14 November 2019 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA).  You asked:

  • Information on the top 3 classes of prescription and over the counter meds to treat fungal infections?  Pack volume and/or dollar expenditure data is appreciated

PHARMAC Response

As requested, we have provided in Table 1 the number of units dispensed, number of prescriptions, gross cost (excl GST), number of packs dispensed, for the financial year ending June 2019, as dispensed by community pharmacies.

Table 1 below represents the top three funded medicines in the Therapeutic Group Antifungals for the year ending June 2019.  It is ranked by gross chemical cost (before rebates) and broken down by formulation.

Please note that PHARMAC only holds data on medicines listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule and prescribed by doctors; we do not have access to data on over-the-counter sales of medicines to treat fungal infections.

Table 1 - Top antifungal agents by gross cost (year ending June 2019)

Chemical

Formulation

Units

Dispensed

No of packs

No of prescriptions

Drug cost

excl gst

Posaconazole

Tab modified release

100 mg

31956 tab

1331.5

313

 $1,158,219

Amorolfine

Nail soln 5%

                        102,590 ml

                 20,518

             15,060

 $327,229

Econazole nitrate

Foaming soln 1%,

10 ml sachets

                          59,925 

                 19,975

             11,955

 $197,518

As requested, we have provided the number of units dispensed, number of prescriptions, gross cost (excl GST), number of packs dispensed, for the financial year ending June 2019, as dispensed by community pharmacies.

Table 2 below represents the top three medicines in the Therapeutic Group Antifungals for the year ending June 2019.  It is ranked by number of prescriptions and broken down by formulation.

Table 2 - Top antifungal agents by number of prescriptions (year ending June 2019)

Chemical

Formulation

Units

Dispensed

No of packs

No of prescriptions

Drug cost

excl gst

Miconazole nitrate      Crm 2%

                    2,781,150 g

               185,410

             82,535

 $137,091

Clotrimazole

Crm 1%

                    3,531,100 g

               176,555

             64,324

 $123,790

Fluconazole

Cap 150 mg

                          69,070 cap

                 69,070

             30,317

 $22,815

Fluconazole

Cap 50 mg

                        102,293 cap

                    3,653

               4,442

 $7,635

Fluconazole

Cap 200 mg

                          62,431 cap

                    2,230

               2,144

 $11,325

Fluconazole

Powder for oral suspension 10 mg per ml

                          22,895 ml

                       654

                   199

 $64,233

Please note that PHARMAC approaches its assessment of requests for information under the OIA on the basis that, once released, the information becomes publicly available. In other words, once we release the information to you it becomes available to any other party in that exact form (whether by you distributing it to others or by virtue of us receiving the same request from a different third party). 

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

Alison Hill
Director, Engagement and Implementation