Cyclopentolate hydrochloride (Cyclogyl) eye drops 1%: Supply issue resolved

The raw material that makes up Cyclogyl was in short supply.

15 September 2021 Update

The alternative product listed to cover this out of stock – Minims cyclopentolate hydrochloride eye drops (p/code 2603160) – will be delisted on 1 March 2022.

In late 2020, the supplier, Alcon Laboratories Limited, advised Pharmac that they couldn't secure supply of cyclopentolate hydrochloride (Cyclogyl) eye drops 1% for New Zealand. 

What Cyclogyl is used for

Cyclogyl (cyclopentolate hydrochloride) eye drops 1.0% is an anticholinergic preparation. In New Zealand, it’s used in diagnostic procedures to dilate pupils (mydriasis) and freeze the muscles in the eye (cycloplegia). It’s also used before and after some operations when a shorter acting agent is needed. 

Alternative product

We received clinical advice on alternatives to Cyclogyl. Our experts advised Minims cyclopentolate hydrochloride eye drops 1%, single dose (preservative free) could be a suitable alternative. This product is Medsafe-approved. 

On 1 January 2021, Pharmac listed Minims cyclopentolate hydrochloride eye drops 1%, single dose (preservative free) in Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule. 

Who to contact

If you have questions about supply, contact your supplier or wholesaler. 

If you have questions about funding, contact enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz