Paracetamol: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

Supply of paracetamol blister packs remains constrained.

11 March 2021 update

We understand that the supply of paracetamol is meeting current demand.

We are monitoring the availability of paracetamol.

Panadol mini caps available

GSK has a supply of Panadol Mini Caps (96s) available (p/code 2490579). Talk to your wholesaler about accessing them.

Dispensing restrictions remain in place 

We will only review the amount that can be dispensed and all-at-once dispensing once we have moved to the new supplier, 1 August 2021.

Paracetamol availability is a global issue

Supply is disrupted at the active ingredient and finished product level. Manufacturing and supply logistics are impacted by:

  • COVID-19 border and lockdown restrictions
  • industrial action in multiple countries
  • export restrictions
  • increased global demand.

PHARMAC changed the dispensing rules in March 2020 to ensure all New Zealanders could continue to access funded paracetamol. We reduced the number of paracetamol that could be prescribed and required pharmacists to only dispense one month's supply at a time. We know that returning your pharmacy each month can be inconvenient and we appreciate your patience. 

Download an update poster for consumers

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact API Consumer Brands:


Phone: 09 279 7979

or your wholesaler