Proposal to fund febuxostat (Adenuric) for treatment-resistant gout

Medicines

Consultation Closed

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to fund febuxostat (Adenuric) for treatment-resistant gout from 1 June 2014, subject to Special Authority criteria in the community and restrictions in DHB hospitals, through a provisional agreement with Te Arai BioFarma. Details of the proposal are shown below and on the following page.

Feedback sought

PHARMAC welcomes feedback on this proposal. To provide feedback, please submit it in writing by Monday 28 April 2014 to:

Geraldine MacGibbon
Therapeutic Group Manager
PHARMAC

Email: geraldine.macgibbon@pharmac.govt.nz
Fax:     04 460 4995
Post:    PO Box 10 254, Wellington 6143

All feedback received before the closing date will be considered by PHARMAC’s Board (or its delegate) prior to making a decision on this proposal.

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Details of the proposal

  • Febuxostat tablets (Adenuric) would be listed in Section B and in Part II of Section H (the Hospital Medicines List; HML) of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 June 2014 as follows (prices and subsidies ex-manufacturer, excluding GST):
    Chemical Presentation Brand Pack size Proposed price and subsidy
    Febuxostat Tab 80 mg Adenuric 28 $39.50
    Febuxostat Tab 120 mg Adenuric 28 $39.50
  • Febuxostat tablets would be listed in Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule subject to the following Special Authority criteria from 1 June 2014:

Special Authority for Subsidy

Initial application from any relevant practitioner. Applications valid for 6 months for applications meeting the following criteria:

Any of the following:

Renewal from any relevant practitioner. Approvals valid for 2 years for applications where the treatment remains appropriate and the patient is benefitting from treatment.

Note: Optimal treatment with allopurinol in patients with renal impairment is defined as treatment to the creatinine clearance-adjusted dose of allopurinol then, if serum urate remains greater than 0.36 mmol/l, a gradual increase of the dose of allopurinol to 600 mg or the maximum tolerated dose.

  • Febuxostat tablets would be listed on the HML subject to the following restrictions from 1 June 2014:

Restricted

Any of the following:

Note: Optimal treatment with allopurinol in patients with renal impairment is defined as treatment to the creatinine clearance-adjusted dose of allopurinol then, if serum urate remains greater than 0.36 mmol/l, a gradual increase of the dose of allopurinol to 600 mg or the maximum tolerated dose.

Background

Febuxostat is a non-purine, selective xanthine oxidase inhibitor which inhibits uric acid production by preventing the normal oxidation of purines to uric acid. It is indicated for the treatment of chronic hyperuricaemia in adults with gout.

PHARMAC’s Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC) has reviewed a funding application for febuxostat. The Committee recommended that it be funded, with a medium priority, for patients with treatment-resistant gout subject to criteria similar to the first two criteria in this proposal (i.e. criteria 1 and 2 in the proposed Special Authority and HML restrictions). Further details can be found on PHARMAC’s Application Tracker at:

https://connect.pharmac.govt.nz/apptracker/s/global-search/Febuxostat(external link)

Note that PTAC reviewed febuxostat again in February 2014. The minutes of that meeting have not yet been confirmed by PTAC. The Application Tracker will be updated as soon as the minutes are publicly available.