Dispensing frequency

To help manage supply issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, we applied wholesale limits to dispensing on 1 March 2020. Most medicines were returned to normal on 1 August 2020.

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Medicine supply chains are secure and pharmacies remain open throughout all alert levels so there is no need to stockpile medicines. 

Current restrictions

Some restrictions remain in place to manage specific issues. Paracetamol continues to be restricted until the new supplier is in place, 1 August 2021.

Read about the paracetamol restrictions

Check the Schedule for the latest information on dispensing restrictions.(external link)

Sufficient stock

COVID-19 continues to impact supply chains and manufacturing overseas. We may need to apply temporary dispensing restrictions to medicines to manage any future supply issues. 

There is no need for New Zealanders to stockpile medicines at home. PHARMAC works closely with suppliers to ensure that every New Zealander has access to the medicines they need.

Who to contact

If you have questions about these changes, you can: