Apotex medicines in New Zealand

Supply issue Active

Apotex has announced that it 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 some 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. 

Consultations 

We are currently consulting on:

Proposed changes to primidone and gabapentin.

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

Supplier not secured

Ciclopirox olamine

Apo-Ciclopirox  Nail-soln 8%  2401797  TBC

Bromocriptine mesylate

Apo-Bromocriptine

Tab 2.5 mg

793086

No new patients to start on Apo-Bromocriptine from 1 March 2021

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

2289830

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab 10 mg

2289822

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Escitalopram

Escitalopram-Apotex

Tab 10 mg

2522241

Brand: Ethics
Supplier: Multichem
Listing: 1 May 2021

   

Tab 20 mg

2522268

Brand: Ethics
Supplier: Multichem
Listing: 1 May 2021

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

TBC

   

Tab long-acting 75 mg

2025752

TBC

Diltiazem hydrochloride

Apo-Diltiazem CD

Cap long-acting 240 mg

2401827

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Cap long-acting 120 mg

2401800

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Cap long-acting 180 mg

2401819

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Doxazosin

Apo-Doxazosin

Tab 2 mg
Tab 4 mg

2261502
2261510

Brand: Apo-Doxazosin
Supplier: Clinect

       

Brand: Apo-Doxazosin
Supplier: Clinect

Folic acid

Apo-Folic Acid

Tab 5 mg
Tab 0.8 mg

304131
2025736

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

Read the decision

Furosemide [Frusemide]

Apo-Furosemide

Tab 40 mg

2565781

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Gabapentin

Apo-Gabapentin

Cap 100 mg

2540754

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Cap 300 mg

2540762

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Cap 400 mg

2540770

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Megestrol acetate

Apo-Megestrol

Tab 160 mg

2261499

TBC

Metformin hydrochloride

Apotex

Tab immediate-release 500 mg

2400995

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab immediate-release 850 mg

2401002

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Metoprolol tartrate

Apo-Metoprolol

Tab 100 mg

2499754

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab 50 mg

2499746

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Mirtazapine

Apo-Mirtazapine

Tab 30 mg

2486164

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab 45 mg

2486172

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Nadolol

Apo-Nadolol

Tab 40 mg

787493

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab 80 mg

787515

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

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

748358

TBC

   

Tab 15 mg

748374

TBC

   

Tab 5 mg

748366

TBC

Prazosin

Apo-Prazosin

Tab 2 mg

2453398

TBC

   

Tab 1 mg

2453371

TBC

   

Tab 5 mg

2453401

TBC

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

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Propranolol

Apo-Propranolol

Tab 10 mg

2525941

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab 40 mg

2525968

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Pyridoxine hydrochloride

Apo-Pyridoxine

Tab 50 mg

304379

TBC

Selegiline

Apo-Selegiline

Tab 5 mg

2374420

TBC

Sumatriptan

Apo-Sumatriptan

Tab 100 mg

2519631

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

   

Tab 50 mg

2519623

Read our consultation on the proposed new brand

Timolol

Apo-Timol

Tab 10 mg

750727

Apo-Timol tab 10 mg is being discontinued. 

Read more about the timolol discontinuation