Cyclopentolate hydrochloride (Cyclogyl) eye drops 1%: Stock issue

Supply issue Active

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

As such the supplier, Alcon Laboratories Limited, has advised PHARMAC that they can’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. 

Resolving the issue

We expect that Cyclogyl will remain out of stock until at least mid-2021.  

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

From 1 January 2021, PHARMAC will list 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