Oxycodone hydrochloride tabs controlled-release 5 mg: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

Oxycodone controlled-release 5 mg tablets are out of stock.

26 May 2023 update

We are expecting a patient level outage of this product. We have included advice on alternative treatments. These recommendations were provided by expert clinicians. 

Affected products

We are advised that there is a supply issue affecting oxycodone controlled-release 5 mg tablets | Pharmacode: 2559714.

Schedule listing for oxycodone(external link)

Alternative product

We have received clinical advice that the following may be suitable alternatives to the oxycodone controlled release 5 mg tablets. These are different medicines and will require a new prescription. Clinicians may want to consider consulting with a palliative medicine or pain specialist, where appropriate.

  • Morphine long-acting (m-Eslon is the funded brand)

Schedule listing for morphine sulphate(external link)

  • Oxycodone 5 mg/5 ml oral liquid (Pharmacode 2243687)

Schedule listing for oxycodone oral liquid(external link)

Dose conversion information for oxycodone and morphine - BPAC(external link)

Oxycodone datasheet - Medsafe [PDF](external link)


We are working closely with the supplier to confirm a resupply date. 

Who to contact

If you have questions about the funding for this product, 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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