Update on phenobarbitone supply

18 December 2023

Due to the closure of a New Zealand manufacturer, veterinary access to phenobarbitone has been limited, leading to concern for patients that require life-long treatment with the drug.

New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) has recently issued a new alert to update veterinarians on the situation. It says veterinary wholesalers with import approvals are now working through importing their consignments of phenobarbitone veterinary products, with the first consignment already being distributed in New Zealand. More stock will be available in the coming days and weeks as consignments arrive from overseas. For more information about this, please contact your veterinary wholesaler.

If you have any questions about phenobarbitone access, contact NZFS at [email protected] or visit https://www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/agricultural-compounds-vet-medicines/acvm-news-and-resources/acvm-alerts-and-notifications/ for updates.