Captopril (Capoten) Oral liq 5 mg per ml: Supply issue
We understand that Capoten brand liquid captopril is out of stock. Although some wholesalers may have small amounts.
The manufacturer has had difficulty sourcing the active ingredient to make the medicine.
The are now looking at manufacturing the medicine in January 2021. We expect a resupply of Capoten in February 2021.
Alternative listed 1 February 2021
On 1 February 2021, PHARMAC is listing Captopril-Mylan as an alternative.
Brand Name: Captopril-Mylan Oral Liquid
Generic Name: Captopril
Availability: Late January 2021 (not funded until 1 February 2021)
Medsafe status: Not approved. Must be supplied under section 29 of the Medicines Act.
What section 29 means
Section 29 of the Medicines Act allows for medicines that are not Medsafe approved to be supplied 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 captopril oral liquid.
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
Who to contact
If you are looking for stock, we recommend contacting a range of wholesalers.