Furosemide [Frusemide] (Urex Forte) 500 mg tablets: Supply issue resolved
The supplier has advised that furosemide is out of stock.
Update 24 March 2021
We are advised that the registered product has been released by the supplier.
We understand that supplies of the listed medicine are on their way. We expect them to arrive during March.
The supplier has sourced an alternative. The alternative was listed from 1 March 2021.
This product has not been approved by Medsafe so will need to be supplied under s29 of the Medicines Act.
Stock of the alternative product was released on 4 March 2021.
- Brand name: Furosemid-Ratiopharm (s 29)
- Formulation: 500 mg tablets
- Pack size/Pharmacode:
- 50 tabs/2606763
- 100 tabs/2606771
Note: Brand is funded from 1 March 2021, but it doesn't appear in the Online Schedule.
About supplying a section 29 medicine
What section 29 means
Section 29 of the Medicines Act allows for medicines that are not Medsafe approved to be supplied to people. The medicine must be prescribed by someone registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand – e.g., doctors.
We know supplying a medicine under section 29 is not ideal. In this case, however, the alternative would be for patients to have no furosemide.
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.