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.

Sufficient stock

COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, and other factors continue to impact supply chains and manufacturing overseas. We may need to apply temporary dispensing restrictions to medicines to manage 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.

Check medicine notices for current supply issues 

Who to contact

If you have questions any medicine supply issues, email enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz