OIA Response: Venlafaxine brand change data

Request dated 28 May 2019 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to venlafaxine brands.  

26 June 2019

[Name and contact details redacted]

Kia ora [Name redacted]

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your request dated 28 May 2019 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to venlafaxine brands.  You asked for:

A month by month break down of the number of patients receiving the following funded medications, from January 2017 to March 2019. Effexor Venlafaxine, Arrow Venlafaxine and Enlafax Venlafaxine.

Please find the information requested attached to this letter. The information is based on subsidy claims by pharmacies. People can receive venlafaxine in quantities of up to three months at a time. This means that not all people taking venlafaxine will pick up their venlafaxine each month.

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's signature]

Alison Hill
Director, Engagement and Implementation

Attachment: Venlafaxine brand data – number of patients

Month

Arrow-Venlafaxine XR

Efexor XR

Enlafax XR

1/01/2017

12421

17303

 

1/02/2017

12400

16845

 

1/03/2017

13679

18109

 

1/04/2017

12549

16277

1229

1/05/2017

9749

12569

13103

1/06/2017

1722

4326

25830

1/07/2017

703

3178

27557

1/08/2017

411

2640

29504

1/09/2017

 

2

30080

1/10/2017

   

30747

1/11/2017

   

31150

1/12/2017

   

31027

1/01/2018

 

1

27017

1/02/2018

   

23062

1/03/2018

   

23755

1/04/2018

   

22110

1/05/2018

   

23642

1/06/2018

   

22205

1/07/2018

   

22577

1/08/2018

   

23319

1/09/2018

 

1

21713

1/10/2018

 

2

22490

1/11/2018

 

1

22404

1/12/2018

 

2

21687

1/01/2019

 

1

21226

1/02/2019

 

3

20301

1/03/2019

 

3

21346