Suxamethonium: Resolved

There is currently no shortage of suxamethonium in New Zealand. 

Suxamethonium is a medication used to cause short-term paralysis as part of general anesthesia. It is primarily used for emergency/crash intubations.

While there is no current shortage, we ask that clinicians do not stockpile suxamethonium. Stockpiling affects equitable access to stock across New Zealand and makes it very difficult for suppliers and PHARMAC to forecast future demand. 

Who to contact

If you have any questions about this supply issue, email