Apotex medicines in New Zealand

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Apotex is leaving the New Zealand market.

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Apotex makes generic medicines. There are other manufacturers that also make most of the generic medicines Apotex currently supplies. Pharmac is working with these suppliers to ensure New Zealanders can continue to access the medicines they need.

What will happen to my medicine?

Most likely, your medicine will still be available. But you might need to use a different brand.

If Pharmac can’t get a different brand of your existing medicine, you will need to talk to your doctor about moving to a suitable alternative treatment.

As we find replacements, we’ll let doctors and pharmacists know. We’ll also put information for you on our website.

We know that changing your medicine can be disruptive. We’re working hard to keep this to a minimum. Thank you for your understanding.

What Pharmac is doing

We have already found alternatives for many medicines. Pharmac asked suppliers whether they could supply another brand for the remaining Apotex medicines. 

Pharmac makes these types of changes to medicines quite commonly. All changes will be communicated to your doctor and pharmacist. We’ll also have information for you on our website. 

What are the affected medicines

This table outlines the currently affected medicines. The indicates the current situation for each medicine. 

Chemical

Brand

Presentation

Pharmacode

Replacement

Azithromycin

 

Apo-Azithromycin Tab 500 mg 2405318

Brand: Zithromax
Supplier: Pfizer
Listing: 1 July 2021

Read the decision

   

Tab 250 mg

2405296

Discontinuation

Read the medicine notice

Bromocriptine mesylate

Apo-Bromocriptine Tab 2.5 mg 793086

Read the supply issue notice for bromocriptine

Ciclopirox olamine

Apo-Ciclopirox  Nail-soln 8%  2401797 TBC

Clarithromycin

Apo-Clarithromycin

Tab 500 mg
Tab 250 mg

2385511
2385503

Brand: Klacid
Supplier: Mylan
Listing: 1 September 2021

Read the supply issue medicine notice for clarithromycin

Clomipramine hydrochloride

Apo-Clomipramine

Tab 25 mg
Tab 10 mg

2289830
2289822

Brand: Clomipramine Teva
Supplier: Teva
Listing: 1 September 2021

Read our decision 

Escitalopram

Escitalopram-Apotex

Tab 10 mg
Tab 20 mg

2522241
2522268

Brand: Ethics
Supplier: Multichem
Listing: 1 May 2021

Brand change notice

Deferiprone

Ferriprox

Oral liq 100 mg per 1 ml

2369524

Brand: Ferriprox
Supplier: Chiesi

   

Tab 500 mg

2369532

Brand: Ferriprox
Supplier: Chiesi

Diclofenac sodium

Apo-Diclo SR

Tab long-acting 100 mg

2025760

Discontinuation

   

Tab long-acting 75 mg

2025752

Brand: Voltaren SR
Supplier: Novartis
Listing: 1 September 2021

Read our decision

Diltiazem hydrochloride

Apo-Diltiazem CD

Cap long-acting 240 mg
Cap long-acting 120 mg
Cap long-acting 180 mg

2401827
2401800
2401819

Read our decision on the new brand of diltiazem

Doxazosin

Apo-Doxazosin

Tab 2 mg
Tab 4 mg

2261502
2261510

Brand: Apo-Doxazosin
Supplier: Clinect

Folic acid

Apo-Folic Acid

Tab 5 mg

304131

Brand: Folic Acid Mylan
Supplier: Mylan
Listing: 1 July 2021

Read the decision

   

Tab 0.8 mg

2025736

TBC - stat dispensing removed 1 September 2021

Furosemide [Frusemide]

Apo-Furosemide

Tab 40 mg

2565781

Brand: IPCA-Furosemide
Supplier: Miro
Listing: 1 October 2021

Read the decision

Gabapentin

Apo-Gabapentin

Cap 100 mg
Cap 300 mg
Cap 400 mg

2540754
2540762
2540770

Brand: Nupentin
Listing: 1 September 2021

Read the decision

Megestrol acetate

Apo-Megestrol

Tab 160 mg

2261499

Access change and discontinuation

Metformin hydrochloride

Apotex

Tab immediate-release 500 mg
Tab immediate-release 850 mg

2400995

2401002

Brand: Metformin Mylan
Supplier: Mylan
Listed: 1 October 2021

Read the decision

Metoprolol tartrate

Apo-Metoprolol

Tab 100 mg
Tab 50 mg

2499754
2499746

Brand: IPCA-Metoprolol
Supplier: Miro
Listing: 1 October 2021

Read the decision

Mirtazapine

Apo-Mirtazapine

Tab 30 mg
Tab 45 mg

2486164
2486172

Brand: Noumed
Supplier: Noumed Pharmaceuticals
Listing: 1 September 2021

Read our decision

Nadolol

Apo-Nadolol

Tab 40 mg
Tab 80 mg

787493
787515

Brand: Nadolol BNM
Supplier: Boucher & Muir 
Listing: 1 October 2021
(note supply not due until end October 2021)

Read our decision

Oxybutynin

Apo-Oxybutynin

Oral liq 5 mg per 5 ml

340413

Discontinuation

   

Tab 5 mg

2110431

Access Change

Perindopril

Apo-Perindopril

Tab 2 mg
Tab 4 mg 

2437147
2437155

Brand: Coversyl
Listing: 1 February 2021

Read about the brand change for Apo-Perindopril

Pindolol

Apo-Pindolol

Tab 10 mg
Tab 15 mg
Tab 5 mg

748358
748374
748366

Discontinuation

Prazosin

Apo-Prazosin

Tab 2 mg
Tab 1 mg
Tab 5 mg

2453398
2453371
2453401

Discontinuation

Prednisone

Apo-Prednisone

Tab 20 mg
Tab 1 mg
Tab 5 mg
Tab 2.5 mg

374466
665762
304328
695459 

Brand: Apo-Prednisone
Supplier: Clinect

Primidone

Apo-Primidone

Tab 250 mg

2049015

Brand: Apo-Primidone
Supplier: Clinect

Read the decision

Propranolol

Apo-Propranolol

Tab 10 mg

2525941

Brand: Propranolol Teva
Supplier: Teva
Listing: 1 October 2021

Read the decision

Read the medicine notice

   

Tab 40 mg

2525968

Brand: IPCA-Propranolol
Supplier: Miro
Listing: 1 October 2021

Read the decision

Pyridoxine hydrochloride

Apo-Pyridoxine

Tab 50 mg

304379

TBC - Stat dispensing removed 1 September 2021

Selegiline

Apo-Selegiline

Tab 5 mg

2374420

Discontinuation

Sumatriptan

Apo-Sumatriptan

Tab 100 mg
Tab 50 mg

2519631
2519623

Brand: Sumagran
Supplier: Mylan
Listing: 1 September 2021

Read the decision

Timolol

Apo-Timol

Tab 10 mg

750727

Apo-Timol tab 10 mg is being discontinued. 

Read more about the timolol discontinuation