There is no need to stockpile medicines. Medicine supply chains are secure and pharmacies will remain open throughout all alert levels. Pharmac and suppliers are all working to minimise any impacts of the general supply chain and manufacturing disruptions caused by COVID-19.
We all have a role to play in keeping medicines available for our community. Please avoid stockpiling your medicines. Stockpiling could lead to someone else missing out. Pharmac are monitoring stockpiling behaviour and may re-instate monthly dispensing.
You should make sure you always have 1 to 2 weeks worth of your regular medicines.
If there is a shortage of your medicine, PHARMAC may change how much medicine can be dispensed at one time. You may need to collect smaller amounts of your medicine more frequently. Pharmac will keep pharmacists up-to-date on any supply issues