Furosemide [Frusemide] (Urex Forte) 500 mg tablets: Supply issue resolved

Supply issue Active

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. 

Alternative product

  • 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. 

Read more about supplying medicines under section 29 – Medsafe website(external link)

Information for your patients about what section 29 means – Health Navigator website(external link)