This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Request Regarding the top dispensed drugs/most expensive drugs for 2016'.

24 February 2016
Via email: fyi-request-
[email address]>

Dear Sam
Thank you for your request dated 28 January 2017 under the Official Information Act 1982 
(OIA) for information. You asked for:
 The top 100 dispensed drugs in New Zealand for 2016; and
 The top 100 most expensive drugs.
I have attached the information requested. Please note the following in relation to the data:
 The data provided is for the year ending 31 December 2016.
 The pharmaceutical costs provided exclude GST.
 Our contracts with suppliers may include a rebate on the cost of the pharmaceuticals. 
The costs we have provided here are the costs before any rebate is applied (meaning 
that the net cost paid may be lower).
 Only pharmaceuticals dispensed in the community, or from public hospitals for cancer 
treatment,  have  been  included.  We  have  not  included  other  pharmaceuticals 
dispensed in public hospitals as we do not hold dispensing data.
I note that we have recently published our Year in Review 2016 on our website, here. This 
includes additional data on subsidised pharmaceuticals and prescribing trends (for the year 
to June 2017) that you may be interested in.
We trust that this information meets your needs. If you have any further questions please feel 
free to contact us again.
Yours sincerely
Peter Alsop
Director, Engagement and Implementation 

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