Restrictions on medicine supply during COVID-19

June 16th, 2020

Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, community pharmacies are only able to give out one month’s supply of medicines at a time (or 3 months for oral contraceptives).  This means your usual 3 month prescription will be given to you one month at a time i.e. one month with 2 repeats from the pharmacy.  There will be no additional charge to you even though you have to go to the pharmacy more often to get your medicines.

If you run out of your medicines earlier than expected check with your pharmacy to make sure you don’t have any repeats left.

The reason these rules have been put into place are because of supply issues worldwide due to the impact of Covid-19. 

You may still be able to get 3 months worth of medicines in certain circumstances e.g. mobility issues, living rurally. Please talk to your pharmacist about this.

More information is available at on the Pharmac website here.