Depo-testosterone (testosterone cipionate) unavailable until September 2022
Due to Covid-19 disruptions, Pfizer, the company that makes the Depo-Testosterone injection, will be unable to supply Depo-Testosterone to New Zealand from late October 2021 until September 2022. This means that Depo-Testosterone will be unavailable in New Zealand during this time.
There are alternatives to the Depo-Testosterone available which are also funded by Pharmac. Pharmac has advised clinicians ahead of time so they know to prescribe alternatives. You can find out more about this issue on the Pharmac website here.
What you can do
If you are currently taking Depo-Testosterone, we recommend you talk with your prescribing doctor as soon as possible about transitioning onto another form of testosterone. They should be able to advise on the best alternative for you. You can read more about the alternatives in our HRT guide, which you may also wish to share with your prescribing doctor.
Manage your prescriptions and test results
The online tool “Manage my health” may be useful for keeping track of changes. Once you register, it will access all the information available which is associated with your NHI number. You will be able to see the results of all your blood tests, your prescriptions, appointments, and other useful information. You need to use your legal name to register.