Paracetamol: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

API Consumer Brands has advised us that they continue to have a supply issue for Pharmacare paracetamol 500 mg tablets.

This 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.

22 December 2020

Small volumes of paracetamol are being released to the market. Supply remains tight. This will be the last update before the New Year.

We have just notified our decision to award sole supply to 2 new brands of paracetamol. The Noumed bottles of paracetamol will be listed from 1 January 2021 and the Pacimol brand of blister packs will be listed from 1 August 2021. 

Read the full decision to award sole supply for paracetamol and ibuprofen

For pharmacists

We've developed a poster you can use to inform your customers that this is a global issue.

Download an update poster for consumers

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact API Consumer Brands:


Phone: 09 279 7979

or your wholesaler