Clomipramine tablets: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

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

24 April 2024 update

Stock of Clomipramine Teva s29 25 mg Caps (the temporary alternative to the contracted product) has run out with the supplier. Anafranil tablets (pharmacode 2676508) tablets will now be supplied. 

Affected product

The supplier of clomipramine tablets, Teva, is experiencing supply issues with clomipramine 10 mg and 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 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
  • Brand: Clomipramine Teva
  • Presentation: 10 mg tablet 
  • Pharmacode: 2611392 
  • Presentation: 25 mg tablets
  • Pharmacode: 2611406

Clomipramine schedule listing(external link)

Alternative 25 mg tablet listed 1 April 2024

  • Brand: Anafranil S29
  • Presentation: Tab 25 mg 
  • Subsidy $39.97 
  • Pack size: 100
  • Pharmacode: 2676508 
  • Wastage claimable

Supply status

The Clomipramine Teva s29 capsules (listed 1 March 2024) have run out with the supplier. The supplier will be supplying the Anafranil s29 tablets until this issue is resolved. 

Teva and Pharmac are working to ensure a supply of clomipramine remains available for people who need it.

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(external link) - see Section 7.14  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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