Buspirone hydrochloride (Buspirone Vaitris) Tab 5 mg: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

Viatris, the supplier, advises that there is a stock shortage on buspirone hydrochloride Tab 5 mg (pharmacode 2615355).

Affected product

Buspirone is a relatively low volume product.

  • Chemical: Buspirone hydrochloride
  • Presentation: Tab 5 mg
  • Brand: Buspirone Viatris
  • Pharmacode: 2615355 
  • Subsidy: $18.50
  • Measure: 100

The 10 mg tablet (Pharmacode 2615363) is unaffected by this supply issue.

Schedule listing for buspirone(external link)

Resupply date

Viatris expect this issue to be resolved by early April 2023. This may result in a patient level outage.

Alternative product

The 10 mg tablet is scored. We are seeking clinical advice on whether halving the 10 mg tablet is an appropriate substitute for the 5 mg. 

Who to contact

If you have questions about this issue, email enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz

Please include as much information as you can about the product (presentation, brand, pharmacode) and who your wholesaler is.  

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