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.
Medicine supply chains are secure and pharmacies remain open throughout all traffic light settings so there is no need to stockpile medicines.
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 any medicine supply issues, email email@example.com