March 2020 tender notification

Medicines

Tender Closed

PHARMAC has resolved to award tenders for Sole Subsidised Supply Status and Hospital Supply Status for some products included in the 2019/20 Invitation to Tender, dated 1 November 2019.

Some of the pharmaceuticals that will be delisted when the period of Sole Subsidised Supply/Hospital Supply Status commences may be subject to existing listing contracts with PHARMAC. Suppliers of pharmaceuticals that are subject to such contracts should continue to supply their pharmaceuticals under those contracts. PHARMAC will continue to subsidise those pharmaceuticals accordingly until such time as those pharmaceuticals are delisted.

Notification of Product Changes (NOPC) forms, Containered Trade Product Pack (CTPP) codes and Pharmacodes

Please note that for any changes (price change, pack size change, new listing etc) to be effective in the Pharmaceutical Schedule (including Section H), suppliers are required to notify any changes to PHARMAC and the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand by:

  • For new listings, by 4pm on 12 April 2020 or the 5th of the month prior to listing, whichever is earlier
  • For price changes, by 4pm on the 12th of the month prior to the date of subsidy change

PHARMAC cannot list a product (and pharmacies cannot claim) without this information. 

More information about this process and NOPC forms can be found on our website.

Suppliers are required to ensure that a Pharmacode has been obtained from the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand(external link)  and that a CTPP code has been obtained from the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines(external link). Pharmacodes and CTPP codes must be provided to PHARMAC by the 5th of the month prior to the date of listing, or 10 business days following the market notification date (whichever is earliest). PHARMAC cannot list a product (and pharmacies cannot claim) without the correct Pharmacode.

2019/20 Tender – Sole Subsidised Supply Status or Hospital Supply Status applies until 30 June 2023

Community pharmaceutical tenders – Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule

1. Tenders awarded to currently listed pharmaceuticals where no other brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name

Presentation;
Pack size and type

Current
pack price

New
pack price

Sole supply brand
(Supplier)

Date of subsidy change

Sole Subsidised Supply date

Potassium iodate

Tab 253 mcg (150 mcg elemental iodine); 90 tablet bottle pack

$4.69

$4.58

NeuroTabs
(AFT)

1 July 2020

1 October 2020

2. Tenders awarded to pharmaceuticals where at least one other brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name

Presentation;
Pack size and type

Current
pack price

New
pack price

Sole supply brand (Supplier)

Date of listing

Sole Subsidised Supply date

Brand (Supplier) affected by delisting

Benzatropine mesylate

Inj 1 mg per ml, 2 ml;
5 vial pack

$95.00 (per 5 pack – Cogentin)
$190.00 (per 10 pack – Omega)

$95.00

Phebra
(Phebra NZ Limited)

1 July 2020

1 December 2020

Cogentin (A. Menarini)
Omega (A. Menarini)

Leflunomide

Tab 10 mg;
30 tablet bottle pack

$2.90

$6.00

Arava
(Sanofi-Aventis)

1 July 2020

1 December 2020

Apo-Leflunomide (Apotex)

Leflunomide

Tab 20 mg;
30 tablet bottle pack

$2.90

$6.00

Arava
(Sanofi-Aventis)

1 July 2020

1 December 2020

Apo-Leflunomide (Apotex)

Pravastatin

Tab 20 mg;
30 tablet blister pack

$4.72 (per 100 tablet pack)

$2.26

Pravastatin Mylan
(Mylan)

1 November 2020

1 April 2021

Apo-Pravastatin (Apotex)

Pravastatin

Tab 40 mg;
30 tablet blister pack

$8.06 (per 100 tablet pack)

$3.87

Pravastatin Mylan
(Mylan)

1 November 2020

1 April 2021

Apo-Pravastatin (Apotex)

Hospital pharmaceutical tenders – Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule

3. Tenders awarded to currently listed pharmaceuticals where no other brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name

Presentation;
Pack size and type

Current
pack price

New
pack price

Hospital supply brand
(Supplier)

DV
Limit

Listing date

Hospital Supply Status date

Bupivacaine hydrochloride

Inj 2.5 mg per ml, 20 ml ampoule, sterile pack;
5 plastic ampoule box pack

$29.20

$23.36

Marcain (Aspen Pharma)

1%

1 May 2020

1 August 2020

Bupivacaine hydrochloride

Inj 5 mg per ml, 10 ml ampoule, sterile pack;
5 plastic ampoule box pack

$20.25

$16.20

Marcain (Aspen Pharma)

1%

1 May 2020

1 August 2020

Bupivacaine hydrochloride

Inj 5 mg per ml, 20 ml ampoule, sterile pack;
5 plastic ampoule box pack

$20.70

$16.56

Marcain (Aspen Pharma)

1%

1 May 2020

1 August 2020

Bupivacaine hydrochloride

Inj 2.5 mg per ml, 100 ml bag;
5 bag pack

$150.00

$150.00

Marcain (Aspen Pharma)

1%

1 July 2020

1 October 2020

Bupivacaine hydrochloride

Inj 5 mg per ml, 4 ml ampoule;
5 glass ampoule pack

$50.00

$50.00

Marcain Isobaric (Aspen Pharma)

1%

1 July 2020

1 October 2020

Potassium iodate

Tab 253 mcg (150 mcg elemental iodine); 90 tablet bottle pack

$4.69

$4.58

NeuroTabs (AFT)

1%

1 July 2020

1 October 2020

4. Tenders awarded to pharmaceuticals where at least one other brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name

Presentation;
Pack size and type

Current pack price

New pack price

Hospital supply brand (Supplier)

DV Limit

Listing date

Hospital Supply Status date

Brand (Supplier) affected by delisting

Benzatropine mesylate

Inj 1 mg per ml, 2 ml vial;
5 vial pack

$95.00

$95.00

Phebra
(Phebra NZ Limited)

1%

1 July 2020

1 December 2020

Cogentin (A. Menarini)

Dexmedetomidine

Inj 100 mcg per ml, 2 ml vial;
5 vial pack

$357.00

$97.88

Dexmedetomidine-Teva
(Teva Pharma Australia Pty Ltd)

1%

1 October 2020

1 March 2021

Precedex (Pfizer)

Leflunomide

Tab 10 mg;
30 tablet bottle pack

$2.90

$6.00

Arava
(Sanofi-Aventis)

1%

1 July 2020

1 December 2020

Apo-Leflunomide (Apotex)

Leflunomide

Tab 20 mg;
30 tablet bottle pack

$2.90

$6.00

Arava
(Sanofi-Aventis)

1%

1 July 2020

1 December 2020

Apo-Leflunomide (Apotex)

Pravastatin

Tab 20 mg;
30 tablet blister pack

$4.72 (per 100 tablet pack)

$2.26

Pravastatin Mylan
(Mylan)

1%

1 November 2020

1 April 2021

Apo-Pravastatin (Apotex)

Pravastatin

Tab 40 mg;
30 tablet blister pack

$8.06 (per 100 tablet pack)

$3.87

Pravastatin Mylan
(Mylan)

1%

1 November 2020

1 April 2021

Apo-Pravastatin (Apotex)

Tender declines - Products where no tender is to be awarded for Sole Subsidised Supply Status or Hospital Supply Status

PHARMAC has resolved not to award tenders for Sole Subsidised Supply Status or Hospital Supply Status for the following products listed in:

  • the 2019/20 Invitation to Tender, dated 1 November 2019

2019/20 Invitation to Tender

Chemical name

Line item

Alfacalcidol

Cap 0.25 mcg

Alfacalcidol

Cap 1 mcg

Alfacalcidol

Oral drops 2 mcg per ml

Alprostadil

Inj 10 mcg

Alprostadil

Inj 20 mcg

Betamethasone Dipropionate

Crm 0.05% in propylene glycol base

Betamethasone Dipropionate

Oint 0.05% in propylene glycol base

Betamethasone Dipropionate

Crm 0.05% (pack size 30 g or less)

Betamethasone Dipropionate

Oint 0.05% (pack size 30 g or less)

Betamethasone Sodium Phosphate with Betamethasone Acetate

Inj 3.9 mg with betamethasone acetate 3 mg per ml, 1ml

Bismuth trioxide

Tab

Budesonide (current access)

Cap 3 mg modified release

Budesonide (widened access)

Cap 3 mg modified release

Calcium folinate

Tab 15 mg

Calcium Gluconate

Inj 10%, 10 ml

Calcium Gluconate

Gel 2.5%

Cidofovir

Inj 75 mg per ml, 5 ml

Ciprofloxacin

Ear drops 0.3%

Citric acid with magnesium oxide and sodium picosulfate

Powder for oral soln 12 g with magnesium oxide 3.5 g and sodium picosulfate 10 mg per sachet

Cycloserine

Cap 250 mg

Desmopressin

Tab 100 mcg

Diflucortolone Valerate

Crm 0.1%

Diflucortolone Valerate

Fatty oint 0.1%

Dosulepin [Dothiepin] Hydrochloride

Tab 75 mg

Dosulepin [Dothiepin] Hydrochloride

Cap 25 mg

Doxazosin mesylate

Tab 2 mg

Doxazosin mesylate

Tab 4 mg

Ergometrine maleate

Inj 500 mcg per ml, 1 ml

Ergometrine maleate

Inj 250 mcg per ml, 1 ml ampoule

Etravirine

Tab 200 mg

Fexofenadine

Tab 120 mg

Fexofenadine

Tab 60 mg

Fluconazole

Powder for oral suspension 10 mg per ml

Flupenthixol Decanoate

Inj 20 mg per ml, 1 ml

Flupenthixol Decanoate

Inj 20 mg per ml, 2 ml

Flupenthixol Decanoate

Inj 100 mg per ml, 1 ml

Fosfomycin

Powder for oral solution, 3 g sachet

Framycetin sulphate

Ear/Eye drops 0.5%

Gemfibrozil

Tab 600 mg

Glyceryl trinitrate

Inj 1 mg per ml, 5 ml - 10 ml

Ketoconazole

Tab 200 mg

Lopinavir with Ritonavir

Tab 200 mg with ritonavir 50 mg

Lopinavir with ritonavir

Tab 100 mg with ritonavir 25 mg

Miconazole nitrate

Lotn/tincture 2%

Nicotinic acid

Tab 50 mg

Nicotinic acid

Tab 500 mg

Norfloxacin

Tab 400 mg

Oxazepam

Tab 10 mg

Oxazepam

Tab 15 mg

Paliperidone (one-monthly depot injection)

Inj 25 mg syringe

Paliperidone (one-monthly depot injection)

Inj 50 mg syringe

Paliperidone (one-monthly depot injection)

Inj 75 mg syringe

Paliperidone (one-monthly depot injection)

Inj 100 mg syringe

Paliperidone (one-monthly depot injection)

Inj 150 mg syringe

Paliperidone (three-monthly depot injection)

Inj 175 mg syringe

Paliperidone (three-monthly depot injection)

Inj 250 - 300 mg syringe

Paliperidone (three-monthly depot injection)

Inj 350 mg syringe

Paliperidone (three-monthly depot injection)

Inj 500 mg or greater syringe

Pantoprazole

Inj 40 mg

Paper wasp venom

Inj with diluent for extract

Paper wasp venom

Treatment kit

Pericyazine

Tab 2.5 mg

Pericyazine

Tab 10 mg

Phenothrin

Shampoo 0.5%

Phenoxybenzamine

Cap 10 mg

Polyvinyl alcohol

Eye drops 1.4%

Polyvinyl alcohol

Eye drops 3%

Prednisone

Tab 1 mg

Prednisone

Tab 2.5 mg

Prednisone

Tab 20 mg

Prednisone

Tab 5 mg

Prilocaine Hydrochloride

Inj 2%, 5 ml ampoule

Pyridoxine hydrochloride

Tab 50 mg

Pyrimethamine

Tab 25 mg

Selexipag

Tab 200 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 400 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 800 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 1000 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 1200 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 1400 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 1600 mcg

Selexipag

Tab 600 mcg

Sodium Acid Phosphate

Enema 16% with sodium phosphate 8%

Streptomycin sulphate

Inj 400 mg per ml, 2.5 ml

Sulfadiazine Sodium

Tab 500 mg

Terazosin hydrochloride

Tab 1 mg

Terazosin hydrochloride

Tab 2 mg

Terazosin hydrochloride

Tab 5 mg

Testosterone cypionate

Inj long-acting 100 mg per ml, 10 ml

Thyrotropin alfa

Inj 900 mcg vial

Timolol

Tab 10 mg

Tobramycin

Powder BP

Tobramycin

Inj 100 mg per ml, 5 ml

Triamcinolone acetonide with gramicidin, neomycin and nystatin

Ear drops 1 mg with nystatin 100,000 u, neomycin sulphate 2.5 mg and gramicidin 250 mcg per g

Triazolam

Tab 125 mcg

Triazolam

Tab 250 mcg

Vancomycin hydrochloride

Inj 1 g

Wool fat with mineral oil

Lotn hydrous 3% with mineral oil, 1000 ml

Zinc and castor oil

Crm (pack size 50 g or less)

Zinc and castor oil

Crm (pack size greater than 50 g)

Zolmitriptan

Nasal Spray

For products included in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Invitation to Tender where no announcement has yet been made, either a decision is still pending or is provisional, subject to the product gaining market approval and being available to supply, and subject to PHARMAC Board (or its delegate) approval. We will keep you informed of any updates regarding such tender products as decisions are made.

If you have any queries regarding this notification, please contact PHARMAC on 0800 66 00 50.