Oxycodone hydrochloride 10 mg and 20 mg: Supply issue resolved

Oxycodone Sandoz controlled-release tablets are back in stock in both 10 mg and 20 mg presentations.

Affected products:

The following products are now back in stock:

Tab controlled-release 10 mg | Oxycodone Sandoz  | 2559722 | $2.15 per 20(external link)

Tab controlled-release 20 mg | Oxycodone Sandoz  | 2559730 | $2.15 per 20(external link)

Alternative products listed

The 2 products we listed as alternatives will be delisted in the future to allow time for any stock to work its way through the supply chain.

We listed the OxyContin brand of oxycodone (10 mg and 20 mg tablets) to help cover this supply issue. A small volume of this product was air freighted from Australia. This product was Medsafe approved. However, it did not quite meet labelling requirements. 

It did not have the following statements:

  • Controlled Drug B3
  • Directions for Use: 1 tablet to be taken every 12 hours or as directed by physician

Oxycontin Tab controlled-release

  • 10 mg (Pharmacode 2613824) $11.50 per 28
  • 20 mg (Pharmacode 2613832) $13.25 per 28

Sandoz alternative

We also listed Sandoz's alternative products to ensure continuity of supply. These are available in a variety of pack sizes that are listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Check the Schedule listing for oxycodone(external link)

These alternative products are not Medsafe approved, as such they need to be supplied under 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 – eg doctors. 

We know a section 29 medicine is not ideal. In this case, however, the alternative would be for patients to have no oxycodone in these strengths. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

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

Information for people taking medicine about what section 29 means – Health Navigator website(external link)

Who to contact

If you have any questions about this supply issue, please contact Sandoz:

If you have any questions about funding of these medicines, contact enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz