Diclofenac eye drops: Supply issue resolved

A manufacturing problem led to low stock of diclofenac eye drops (pharmacode 781851).

Update 4 September 2023

Voltaren Optha diclofenac eye drops have been resupplied. 

Reason for issue

In April 2023, Novartis advised Pharmac of a manufacturing issue, which led to low stock of diclofenac eye drops 0.1% (Voltaren Ophtha, Pharmacode 781851).

Stock situation

Diclofenac eye drops 0.1% (Voltaren Ophtha, Pharmacode 781851) arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand in late August 2023.  

Alternatives

We listed nepafenac (Ilevro) eye drops 0.3% (Pharmacode: 2655969) from 12 April 2023. It was initially listed as section 29. Ilevro received Medsafe approval on 12 May 2023, and the Schedule has been updated since 1 June.

Schedule listing for Ilevro(external link)

Medsafe datasheet for Ilevro(external link)

Who to contact

If you have questions about this issue, email enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz 

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

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