Roxithromycin tab dispersible 50 mg, (Rulide D): Discontinuation
Sanofi-Aventis are discontinuing supply of roxithromycin (known as Rulide D) to Aotearoa New Zealand (Pharmacode 2522950)
July 2022 - current supply of Rulide D expected to be exhausted
1 March 2023 - Rulide D (Pharmacode 2522950) delisted from the Schedule
Rulide D is a macrolide antibiotic, its use is limited. It's used mainly as a second or third line antibiotic treatment for sore throats and rheumatic fever for those with a penicillin allergy.
There are other fully funded macrolide antibiotic alternatives available for this medicine.
We are working with clinical experts to ensure that the any guidelines on the use of this medicine are updated to reflect the change in funding, such as the Heart Foundation's Guidelines for Rheumatic Fever [PDF](external link).
Who to contact
If you have any questions about this discontinuation, email firstname.lastname@example.org