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Medicines update

Online vaccine ordering

Primary care providers have a new online ordering option to obtain their vaccines directly from GSK Australia.

The new online option allows these customers, primarily pharmaceutical wholesalers, surgical wholesalers and small, independent GP clinics, to order vaccines online through:

Deborah Waterhouse, GSK general manager for Australia, said it represented a "great new" option for our smaller, private market customers.

"You can order online, pay by credit card and keep track of your order right through to delivery," she said.

"Our GP clinic customers told us we weren't meeting their needs. We listed to that feedback and we're delighted to be able to offer them a better solution through GSKVaccinesDirect."

Interested parties can register now to use the new service at:

New generic olanzapine

Eli Lilly Australia has announced that a new generic olanzapine is now available in tablet (Lanzek) and wafer (Lanzek Zydis) formulations.

In a statement, the company said the Australian patent for Zyprexa tablets and Zyprexa Zydis wafers expired on 5 March, 2012. However, the Zyprexa Relprevv patent remained in effect.

"Eli Lilly recognises the important role of generics in delivering cost savings to the healthcare system and has therefore taken the decision to manufacture an authorised generic olanzapine for those prescribers who may wish to initiate with generic olanzapine," the statement read. 

However, the company said they also recognised the particular distress that brand substitution may cause for some patients with schizophrenia and that lack of insight, cognitive difficulties and poor compliance may compromise successful switching of medication to or between generics.

"Eli Lilly has therefore taken the decision to continue to market Zyprexa tablets and Zyprexa Zydis wafers post patent expiry to ensure that patients who have been stabilised on these medicines can continue to receive these treatments." 

The company said they would not be placing a brand price premium on Zyprexa formulations in 2012, meaning a PBS prescription of Zyprexa tablets and Zyprexa Zydis wafers would cost no more to a patient in pharmacy than a PBS generic olanzapine prescription.


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