There is no need to panic buy – which is exactly what happened when pharmacy received the Pharmac Dispatch notice –  which has created another issue all together. Unnecessary supply issues.

Pharmaceutical Schedule Update January 2016 states:

Metoprolol succinate long-acting – removal of stat dispensing from all strengths.

From 11 December 2015, stat dispensing was removed from all strengths of metoprolol succinate long-acting tabs, 23.75 mg, 47.5 mg, 95 mg and 190 mg. All prescriptions presented will need to be dispensed in monthly lots.

This is due to a manufacturing and supply issue that has now been resolved, but has meant there is a potential lack of sufficient supply of some strengths over the next few months.

We anticipate that during January 2016 the 190 mg long-acting tabs supply will be exhausted and patients on the 190 mg long-acting tabs will need to be dispensed 2 x 95 mg long-acting tabs as a replacement. It will be important to ensure all patients are aware of the need to take more tablets than they are used to during this time and vice versa when reinstating the 190 mg tabs.

Stat dispensing for this product should be reinstated 1 March 2016.

The listing of the Metoprolol – AFT CR long-acting tablets, 90 pack, will be delayed from 1 February to 1 March 2016. Reference pricing of the 30 tab pack will still occur from 1 April 2016.

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