Oestradiol (Estradot) patches: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

The supplier has advised that Estradot transdermal 25 and 50 mcg patches are out of stock.

Resupply date to be confirmed

The supplier has advised that Estradot transdermal 25 mcg (pharmacode 2358840) and 50 mcg (pharmacode 2358867) patches are out of stock. We are working with the supplier to understand re-supply dates.

The 75 and 100 mcg patches are not affected by this supply issue.

Alternative product 

Estradiol TDP Mylan brand patches are available for supply as an alternative.

Pharmacodes:

  • 25 mcg patches 2601583
  • 50 mcg patches 2601591 

Check the listing in the Schedule(external link)

The patches are not Medsafe approved, as such they need to be supplied in line with section 29 of the Medicines Act. 

Prescribing and supplying a medicine under section 29

Section 29 of the Medicines Act allows for medicines that are not Medsafe approved to be prescribed and 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 oestradiol patches. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

Prescriber and pharmacist requirements for section 29 medicines – Medsafe website(external link)

What patients need to know about section 29 medicines – Health Navigator website(external link)

Who to contact

If you are a prescriber or pharmacist with questions about this supply issue:

If you use the oestradiol patches, contact your health professional. Pharmac cannot give clinical advice about the best treatments for you.