Proctosedyl suppositories: Supply issue resolved

Supply issue Active

Due to increased demand and shipping delays there will be a short out of stock of Proctosedyl suppositories.

28 July 2021 update

We are advised that stock has arrived and been released to wholesalers

Early August likely for resupply

Sanofi have advised that they are out of stock of Proctosedyl suppositories. While some stock remains in the supply chain, we expect a patient level out of stock by late July. Sanofi anticipate being able to resupply wholesalers by early August.

This supply issue was caused by nearly a doubling of demand and global sea-freight issues.  

Alternative product

Proctosedyl ointment is unaffected by this out of stock. 

If a suppository is preferred, Ultraproct may be a suitable alternative.  Ultraproct ointment and suppositories are fully funded and there is plenty of stock available of Ultraproct.

There is ample stock of Ultraproct suppositories and ointment.

The choice of treatment will depend on individual patient’s circumstances. However, patients will need a new prescription, whether changing to the ointment or changing to Ultraproct.

Proctosedyl listing in the Schedule(external link)

Proctosedyl NZ Formulary monograph(external link)

Ultraproct listing in the Schedule(external link)

Ultraproct NZ Formulary monograph(external link)

We appreciate that it is not always easy to change patients onto different medicines and apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this out of stock.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the supply of Proctosedyl contact Sanofi or your wholesaler. 

If you have questions about the funding of these products, email enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz