Colifoam (hydrocortisone acetate rectal foam): Out of stock

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Hydrocortisone acetate rectal foam (Colifoam) has been out of stock since early 2019. We are advised that resupply is expected mid-2021.

Clinect has sourced an alternative agent, prednisolone sodium – rectal foam 20 mg per dose (brand name: Essential Prednisolone). This was listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule on 1 October 2020. 

Find the listing in the Pharmaceutical Schedule(external link)

Essential Prednisolone is not approved for use in New Zealand by Medsafe. It must be supplied under section 29 of the Medicines Act. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

Read information for medical professionals about section 29 - Medsafe's website(external link)

Read information for people taking medicines about section 29 - Health Navigator website(external link)

We are working closely with the Colifoam supplier to re-establish supply.  

Who to contact

If you have questions about supply of Colifoam or Essential Prednisolone, contact your wholesaler or the product supplier.

You can call Clinect on 0800 138 803 

If you have questions about funding, contact