Oxycodone (OxyNorm) 5 mg capsules: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

The supplier, Mundipharma, has advised of a shipping delay impacting the next shipment of OxyNorm Capsules 5mg.

Update 28 February 2024

The resupply of Oxynorm 5 mg capsules has been delayed until mid-March 2024. This is due to continuing delays at ports caused by events in the Red Sea.

Affected product

This issue is due to serious shipment delays resulting from the events in the Red Sea region. The next shipment is now due to arrive mid-March 2024. 

  • Chemical: Oxycodone hydrochloride
  • Presentation: Cap immediate-release 5 mg
  • Brand: OxyNorm
  • Pharmacode: 2179741 
  • Subsidy: $1.88
  • Measure / Qty: per 20

Schedule listing for OxyNorm(external link)

Unaffected products

At this stage, there are no concerns for the other strengths or the controlled-release capsules. 

Alternative product

Prescribers will need to prescribe an alternative analgesic. We acknowledge that this will cause create disruption for those affected. 

The supplier has not been able to find an alternative that could be delivered before the contracted product would be back in stock. This is due to the international legal restrictions on importing and exporting oxycodone and the issues in the Red Sea.  

Who to contact

If you have questions about this issue, 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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