Eumovate (Clobetasone butyrate) cream: Supply issue

Supply issue Active

Both the prescription pack (Pharmacode: 713945) and over-the-counter (OTC) pack (Pharmacode: 2401096) of Eumovate cream are out of stock.

20 December 2023 update

Resupply has been delayed until March 2024.

Affected products

This product is partially subsidised. 

  • Chemical: Clobetasone butyrate
  • Presentation: Crm 0.05%
  • Brand: Eumovate
  • Pharmacode: 713945 
  • Pharmacode: 2401096
  • Subsidy: $5.38 ($10.00)
  • Measure / Qty: per 30 g OP

Schedule listing for Eumovate(external link)

Expected resupply

The supplier expects to be out of stock until March 2024. 


Where appropriate, we ask clinicians to consider moving people to hydrocortisone or another mid-strength steroid (such as, triamcinolone or hydrocortisone butyrate).

Topical plain corticosteroids listed in the Schedule(external link)

Topical corticosterioids in the NZ Formulary(external link)

This will preserve the supply of Eumovate cream for those who cannot use other products.

We continue to review alternatives to ensure people can access suitable treatment.

If you use Eumovate cream

If you cannot access Eumovate cream, you will need to talk to your health care professional about the best alternative for you. 

Pharmac cannot give advice on anyone's individual clinical circumstances. 

Who to contact

If you have questions about this issue, email

Please include as much information as you can about the product (presentation, brand, pharmacode) and who your wholesaler is. 

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Notice first published: 20 July 2023