Annual spend on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) from 2016 to 2021

OIA response

Thank you for your request, dated 3 April 2022, for information about the annual spend on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) (stop smoking medicines). Your request was partially transferred from the Ministry of Health to Pharmac on 31 May 2022 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). You requested: 

In each year since 2016 to 2021, how much has been spent upon:

  • Stop Smoking Medicines

I am pleased to provide you with information for your request within the table below.

Table: Annual spend on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) from 2016 to 2021

Calendar year


Agreed expenses

































Please note:

  • Community spend is the gross cost (excl. GST) of NRT products purchased under the Community Schedule.
  • Agreed Expenses are expenses directly incurred by Pharmac on behalf of DHBs.
  • Hospital costs are based on purchase data provided by DHB hospitals. Pharmac makes no representation as to the accuracy of the figures provided.                       

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