Risperidone 0.5 mg and 2 mg tablets: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

There is a supply issue affecting Risperidone (Teva) 2 mg tablets. There was an issue affecting the 0.5 mg tablets.

18 July 2024

While there is no current issue with 1 mg and 3 mg risperidone tablets, we are listing alternatives to ensure these strengths remain available. We will provide details once any listing is approved.

The 0.5 mg Risperidone (Teva) tablets have arrived. Stock of the alternative, Risperidal, is still available from CDC.

Affected product

There are supply issues affecting

Chemical Brand Presentation Pharmacode Subsidy Measure/Qty
Risperidone Resperidone (Teva) Tab 0.5 mg 2466899 $2.17 per 60
Risperidone Resperidone (Teva) Tab 2 mg 2466910 $2.72 per 60

Schedule listing: Risperidone(external link)

Alternative products

Listed from 1 July 2024

Chemical: Risperidone

Brand: Risperdal

Stock of both presentations is available from CDC.

  • Presentation: Tab 0.5 mg
  • Pharmacode: 2015765
  • Pack size: 20
  • Subsidy: $0.72
  • Presentation: Tab mg
  • Pharmacode: 245372
  • Pack size: 60
  • Subsidy: $2.72

Medsafe datasheet for Risperdal(external link)

Information for pharmacists

  • This listing will not appear in the Online Schedule until it is updated for 1 August 2024
  • RxOne users: the listings will be automatically updated by RxOne from the effective date.
  • TONIQ users: the listings will automatically be updated in Toniq medicine databases from the effective date.
  • Sector Operations will be able to process these claims in July 2024 in the normal claim cycle.

Alternatives when Risperidal is not available

People using 2 mg tablets can be dispensed two x 1 mg tablets. 

For people using 0.5 mg, the datasheet for the 1 mg Risperidone (Teva) advises that the tablet should not be halved and there is no score mark. We note that an oral liquid 1 mg / ml is listed.

Medsafe datasheet for Risperidone (Teva) [PDF](external link)

Expected resupply

Risperidone (Teva) 0.5 mg is back in stock with the supplier.. 

We do not yet have a resupply date for the 1 mg, 2 mg or 3 mg tablets of Risperidone (Teva)

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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