Psychiatric medicines prescribed in New Zealand

OIA response

10 August 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld] 

Request for information 

Thank you for your request dated 13 July 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to psychiatric medicines prescribed in New Zealand. You requested: 

Data on the number of psychiatric medicines (including antidepressants and antipsychotics) prescribed in New Zealand for each month between the start of 2020 and the end of last month. Please break this down by medication. 

Please find the requested data attached with this response letter. 

Please note, dispensing data is only available up to April 2021, therefore we have not provided any data for dispensing after April 2021.

We trust that this information answers your queries. We are making our information more freely available, so we now publish selected OIA responses (excluding personal details) on our website. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about this.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Read
Manager, Policy and Government Services

Document updated 17/3/2022 with further notes added.