Apotex medicines in New Zealand

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Apotex has announced that it is leaving the New Zealand market.

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Apotex has announced that it is leaving the New Zealand market.

Apotex make 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 has also asked suppliers whether they can supply another brand for each of the Apotex medicines.

We’re currently reviewing their responses. We will then make plans to help people move to a new brand or new medicine.

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

Most Apotex medicines will continue to be available until 2021. For some, we already have replacement plans underway.  

2020

Chemical

Brand

Presentation

Pharmacode

Replacement

Amlodipine

Apo-Amlodipine

Tab 2.5 mg

2352486

Brand: Vasorex
Supplier: Rex Medical

Read about the brand changes for amlodipine 

 

Tab 10 mg

2384043

Brand: Vasorex
Supplier: Rex Medical

 

 

Tab 5 mg

2384027

Brand: Vasorex
Supplier: Rex Medical

Nicotinic acid

Apo-Nicotinic Acid

Tab 50 mg

304247

None

 Read the discontinuation notice

 

Tab 500 mg

407860

None

Pravastatin

Apo-Pravastatin

Tab 40 mg

2525984

Brand: Pravastatin Mylan
Supplier: Mylan

 

 

Tab 20 mg

2525976

Brand: Pravastatin Mylan
Supplier: Mylan

Terazosin

Apo-Terazosin

Tab 2 mg

2265354

None

Read the discontinuation notice 

Tab 5 mg

2265346

None

First half of 2021

Chemical

Brand

Presentation

Pharmacode

Replacement

Bromocriptine mesylate

Apo-Bromocriptine

Tab 2.5 mg

793086

TBC

Escitalopram

Escitalopram-Apotex

Tab 10 mg

2522241

TBC

   

Tab 20 mg

2522268

TBC

Perindopril

Apo-Perindopril

Tab 2 mg

2437147

TBC

    Tab 4 mg 

2437155

TBC

Prednisone

Apo-Prednisone

Tab 2.5 mg

695459

TBC

Timolol

Apo-Timol

Tab 10 mg

750727

TBC

Late 2021

Chemical

Brand

Presentation

Pharmacode

Replacement

Azithromycin

Apo-Azithromycin

Tab 500 mg

2405318

TBC

   

Tab 250 mg

2405296

TBC

Ciclopirox olamine

Apo-Ciclopirox

Nail-soln 8%

2401797

TBC

Clarithromycin

Apo-Clarithromycin

Tab 500 mg

2385511

TBC

   

Tab 250 mg

2385503

TBC

Clomipramine hydrochloride

Apo-Clomipramine

Tab 25 mg

2289830

TBC

Read about the changes to clomipramine  

Tab 10 mg

2289822

TBC

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

TBC

   

Cap long-acting 120 mg

2401800

TBC

   

Cap long-acting 180 mg

2401819

TBC

Doxazosin

Apo-Doxazosin

Tab 2 mg

2261502

TBC

   

Tab 4 mg

2261510

TBC

Folic acid

Apo-Folic Acid

Tab 5 mg

304131

TBC

   

Tab 0.8 mg

2025736

TBC

Furosemide [Frusemide]

Apo-Furosemide

Tab 40 mg

2565781

TBC

Gabapentin

Apo-Gabapentin

Cap 100 mg

2540754

TBC

   

Cap 300 mg

2540762

TBC

   

Cap 400 mg

2540770

TBC

Megestrol acetate

Apo-Megestrol

Tab 160 mg

2261499

TBC

Metformin hydrochloride

Apotex

Tab immediate-release 500 mg

2400995

TBC

   

Tab immediate-release 850 mg

2401002

TBC

Metoprolol tartrate

Apo-Metoprolol

Tab 100 mg

2499754

TBC

   

Tab 50 mg

2499746

TBC

Mirtazapine

Apo-Mirtazapine

Tab 30 mg

2486164

TBC

   

Tab 45 mg

2486172

TBC

Nadolol

Apo-Nadolol

Tab 40 mg

787493

TBC

   

Tab 80 mg

787515

TBC

Oxybutynin

Apo-Oxybutynin

Oral liq 5 mg per 5 ml

340413

TBC

   

Tab 5 mg

2110431

TBC

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

374466

TBC

   

Tab 1 mg

665762

TBC

   

Tab 5 mg

304328

TBC

    Tab 2.5 mg 695459  TBC 

Primidone

Apo-Primidone

Tab 250 mg

2049015

TBC

Propranolol

Apo-Propranolol

Tab 10 mg

2525941

TBC

   

Tab 40 mg

2525968

TBC

Pyridoxine hydrochloride

Apo-Pyridoxine

Tab 50 mg

304379

TBC

Selegiline

Apo-Selegiline

Tab 5 mg

2374420

TBC

Sumatriptan

Apo-Sumatriptan

Tab 100 mg

2519631

TBC

   

Tab 50 mg

2519623

TBC