Therapeutic groups

Gross spend in millions

  Therapeutic group Main indication 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
1 Immunosuppressants Autoimmune conditions, arthritis, transplant and biologics for cancer $192.1 $216.9 $247.7 $279.9 $296.6
2 Chemotherapeutic Agents Cancer $83.3 $86.1 $93.5 $103.6 $138.3
3 Vaccinations Vaccine preventable diseases $97.6 $137.1 $125.0 $124.0 $115.5
4 Diabetes Diabetes $53.9 $57.5 $63.4 $75.8 $91.8
5 Antithrombotic Agents Stopping blood clots $53.0 $56.0 $66.1 $75.9 $86.2
6 Inhaled Long-acting Beta-adrenoceptor Agonists Respiratory conditions $53.0 $55.8 $58.4 $63.4 $67.4
7 Antivirals Hepatitis C $124.8 $84.4 $143.9 $135.1 $62.6
8 Antifibrinolytics, Haemostatics and Local Sclerosants Haemophilia $29.2 $28.2 $33.0 $50.3 $55.6
9 Endocrine Therapy Increases or decreases hormone levels when treating many conditions, such as cancer or diabetes. $32.0 $35.8 $38.1 $41.2 $47.8
10 Multiple Sclerosis Treatments Multiple sclerosis $24.6 $28.5 $30.1 $33.3 $38.9
11 Antipsychotics Mental health $35.7 $37.0 $33.1 $35.6 $37.2
12 Anticholinergic Agents Respiratory conditions $18.6 $22.7 $25.9 $28.8 $31.3
13 Analgesics Pain relief $19.2 $18.1 $17.8 $17.4 $27.6
14 Antiepilepsy Drugs Epilepsy $35.5 $37.5 $36.4 $26.7 $27.2
15 Diabetes Management Blood glucose monitors and strips $20.6 $22.2 $24.8 $25.1 $26.7
16 Antiretrovirals HIV/AIDS $27.8 $30.5 $24.5 $24.0 $26.6
17 Agents Affecting the Renin-Angiotensin System Blood pressure, heart failure, kidney failure and effects of diabetes $11.8 $12.3 $12.5 $15.5 $22.1
18 Oral supplements/complete diet (Nasogastric/gastrostomy tube feed) Special food $13.0 $15.7 $16.7 $17.9 $20.2
19 Antibacterials Bacterial infections $13.9 $13.5 $12.9 $13.3 $13.9
20 Antidiarrhoeals Diarrhoea relief $11.4 $11.9 $12.4 $13.0 $13.8
    Totals $951.0 $1,007.7 $1,116.2 $1,199.8 $1,247.3

The data above excludes hospital purchases.

List order has been determined by top spend in the financial year 2020/21.

The gross spend is shown in millions NZD, is exclusive of GST, and prior to the application of rebates and discounts.