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Shortage of Phenelzine sulphate

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From: Megs

Dear Pharmaceutical Management Agency,

Can you please provide the below information urgently:
1) The current estimated supply in New Zealand of Phenelzine sulphate (both Nardil and alternative brand (Nardil S29))
2) How long the current supply is forecast to last given the current situation
3) Expected timeframe of the shortage
4) Information regarding supply of Nardil S29 (my pharmacist advises that their supplier has the Nardil alternative as currently listed as out of stock with nil ETA). Why is this? What brands are the available alternatives? When does Pharmac expect for alternatives to be available?

Additionally, can you please provide all information you hold on the current shortage of Phenelzine sulphate. I am interested in the cause, management, mitigation and resolution of the issue. This part of my request, while important, is non-urgent.

This request includes, but is not limited to:
1) Any discussions, analysis, explanations or other information about the cause of the current non supply.
2) Any briefings to any other agencies or Ministers on the current supply issues.
3) All advice provided to doctors, pharmacists, pharmaceutical wholesalers, their professional organisations or any other medical professionals on the supply issues, guidance on alternatives, and their role in managing it.
4) Any discussions, analysis, briefings or other information about decisions made to seek to source an alternative medication.
5) Any discussions, analysis, explanations or other information about Pharmac's management of the current supply issue.
6) All correspondence with the supplier, or their representatives or agents or related parties, about the resolution to the issue, the cause of the issue, and approaches to mitigating the impact of the issue.

Ngā Mihi,
Megs

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Hi Megs
We have received your request for information under the Official Information Act (1982) and have started working on it. We will have a reply to you as soon as possible and no later than the due date of 18 September 2019.
Please be aware that we may publish our response to you on our website (excluding personal details). Should you wish to amend your request, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Kind regards
Donna Jennings
PHARMAC

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Pharmaceutical Management Agency

Hi Megs
We are currently working on the specific questions in your request below.
The supplier is currently supplying the alternative brand (Nardil s29), while the registered brand (Nardil) is out of stock.
We are not aware of a supply issue with the alternative Nardil s29.
We would be happy to talk to your pharmacist to try and work out what is happening - and why they cant get hold of the alternate brand.

You or your pharmacist could call us on 0800 660 050, or you can call my direct number 04 901 3234.

Kind regards
Donna Jennings
PHARMAC

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Attachment Response to Official Information request Shortage of Phenelzine sulphate 2.pdf
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Dear Megs

 

Please find attached a response to your request for information related to
the phenelzine sulphate stock issue.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Simon England | Senior Communications Adviser

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Attachment 2019 10 07 final response to Phenelzine shortage OIA.pdf
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Attachment 2019 10 14 all documents combined redactions saved.pdf
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Dear Megs

Please find attached a letter and related documents related to your request for information about phenelzine supply.

Kind regards

Simon England | Senior Communications Adviser

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