OIA response: Venlafaxine brand use data

Response to a request for information on the usage of brands of venlafaxine.

25 September 2019

[name and contact information redacted]

Dear [name redacted]

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your request dated 1 September 2019 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to venlafaxine.  You asked for:

The number of people taking Efexor and Arrow-Venlafaxine.  I would like a monthly report covering the period January 2012 – December 2016.

The below information is based on subsidy claims by pharmacies, each month. 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.

Date

Arrow-Venlafaxine XR

Efexor XR

January 2012

995

15919

February 2012

1082

16246

March 2012

1133

16979

April 2012

1059

16431

May 2012

1172

17601

June 2012

1355

16924

July 2012

1554

16734

August 2012

1859

17294

September 2012

1782

16552

October 2012

1879

17568

November 2012

1830

17563

December 2012

1764

17791

January 2013

1684

17605

February 2013

1581

16747

March 2013

1674

17721

April 2013

1740

18104

May 2013

1788

18726

June 2013

1721

17741

July 2013

1807

18844

August 2013

1802

18694

September 2013

2327

18320

October 2013

2643

18848

November 2013

2862

18625

December 2013

3128

19103

January 2014

3351

18289

February 2014

3541

17365

March  2014

4077

18247

April 2014

4304

18037

May 2014

4775

18538

June 2014

4935

17764

July 2014

5498

18619

August 2014

5611

17911

September 2014

5974

18274

October 2014

6418

18426

November 2014

6443

17600

December 2014

7167

18876

January 2015

6916

17546

February 2015

6992

17117

March 2015

7682

18074

April 2015

7777

17654

May 2015

8017

17850

June 2015

8358

17891

July 2015

8792

18108

August 2015

8779

17688

September 2015

9100

17994

October 2015

9267

17967

November 2015

9384

17763

December 2015

9934

18658

January 2016

9465

17194

February 2016

9840

17244

March 2016

10455

18015

April 2016

10488

17563

May 2016

10991

18008

June 2016

11124

17695

July 2016

11168

17588

August 2016

11802

18216

September 2016

11864

17881

October 2016

11940

17690

November 2016

12499

18054

December 2016

12681

18251

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