Clomipramine 25 mg tablets: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

The supplier, Teva, has advised Pharmac of a supply issue for clomipramine 25 mg tabs.

16 November 2023 update

Stock of the alternative has arrived and is being distributed to wholesalers. It may take time to make its way through the supply chain to pharmacies.

Affected product

The supplier of clomipramine 25 mg tablets, Teva, is experiencing supply issues with clomipramine 25mg tablets. A facility in Poland is no longer able to manufacture the product. It is uncertain whether supply of Clomipramine Teva brand of clomipramine 25 mg tablets will be available in the future. While this brand may not be available, we are working to make sure clomipramine remains available for people who use it.

  • Chemical: Clomipramine hydrochloride
  • Presentation: 25mg tablets
  • Brand: Clomipramine Teva
  • Pharmacode: 2611406

Clomipramine tablet schedule listing(external link)

The 10 mg tablet is affected by the same manufacturing problem, but currently stock is available. There is about 4.5 months stock of 10 mg tablets, based on normal usage.

Alternative product listed 1 November

Teva have sourced stock of Clomipramine Teva capsules as an alternative to the tablets. The capsules were funded from 1 November 2023 and are available. This medicine is not Medsafe approved and will need to be prescribed and dispensed in line with section 29 of the Medicines Act.

  • Chemical: Clomipramine hydrochloride
  • Presentation: Cap 25 mg
  • Brand: Clomipramine Teva
  • Price: $11.19
  • Pack size: 28
  • Pharmacode: 2666901
  • Wastage and Multiple of 28 rules apply

Supply status

Stock arrived in the week beginning 13 November and has been distributed to wholesalers.

Prescribing and supplying an unapproved medicine

Section 29 of the Medicines Act 1981 allows for medicines that are not Medsafe approved to be prescribed and supplied to people. The medicine must be prescribed by someone registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand – such as, a doctor. 

We know supplying a medicine under section 29 is not ideal. In this case, however, this will allow patients to be able to access an appropriate treatment. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

Advice for prescribing under section 29 – BPAC website(external link) 

Prescriber and pharmacist requirements for section 29 medicines – Medsafe website (external link)

Medsafe’s section 29 Declaration / Notification Form [DOC](external link)

What patients need to know about unapproved medicines – Healthify website(external link)

Using 10 mg to make up the needed dose

Pharmac understands that tablets cannot be halved. Where possible, pharmacists can make up the needed dose with 10 mg tablets. 

If someone is prescribed a dose of clomipramine that cannot be changed to an equivalent amount of clomipramine 10 mg tablets, they will need to talk to their doctor.

Pharmacist can refer to the Pharmacy Procedures Manual - Section 7.14 [PDF](external link) for the rules when changing the quantity dispensed for a medicine on a prescription where there is extra cost but no change to the total daily dose.

Pharmacists will need to guide people who need to take more tablets to meet their prescribed dose.

On-going availability of clomipramine

People have asked us about the on-going availability of clomipramine. Principal supply status for the Teva brand of clomipramine ends on 30 June 2024. 

We have included clomipramine in our latest Annual Tender. This invites all suppliers to make a bid to supply this product to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

We're committed to making sure clomipramine remains available as a funded treatment for New Zealanders. 

Who to contact

If you take clomipramine, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this supply issue.

If you have other questions, email

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

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