Bortezomib injection 3.5 mg: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

There is a temporary supply issue leading to a delay in the replenishment of further stocks of bortezomib 3.5 mg injection. The Dr Reddy’s Bortezomib brand is out of stock.

8 October 2021 update

We are advised that re-supply of the Dr Reddy's brand is expected by late October.

Alternative product

Bortezomib Juno injection 3.5 mg is listed as an alternative from 1 October 2021

  • Pharmacode: 2559498 

Bortezomib - NZ Formulary(external link)

We continue to work with the supplier to ensure that there is no patient-level out of stock for this product.

About prescribing and supplying a section 29 medicine

What section 29 means

Section 29 of the Medicines Act allows for medicines that are not Medsafe approved to be dispensed to people. The medicine must be prescribed by someone registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand – e.g., doctors. 

We know supplying a medicine under section 29 is not ideal. In this case, however, the alternative would be for patients to have no bortezomib

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

Read more about supplying medicines under section 29 – Medsafe website(external link)(external link)

Information for your patients about what section 29 means – Health Navigator website(external link)

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact your wholesaler.

If you have questions about funding, email