Hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid Crelo) milky emulsion 0.1%: Supply issue resolved

Hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid Crelo) milky emulsion 0.1% (Pharmacode 2017458) was briefly out of stock.

Affected product

There was a delay in the shipment of new stock of this product. 

  • Chemical: Hydrocortisone butyrate
  • Presentation: Milky emulsion 0.1%
  • Brand: Locoid Crelo
  • Pharmacode: 2017458

Schedule listing for hydrocortisone butyrate(external link)

Alternative products

There are two other hydrocortisone butyrate presentations listed in the Schedule:

  • Locoid Lipocream, 0.1% (Pharmacode 521957)
  • Locoid, ointment 0.1% (Pharmacode 210382)

Rule 3.4.2 of the Schedule Rules allows dispensers to substitute Locoid Crelo for Locoid Lipocream or Locoid Ointment without needing a new prescription, because the pack size and strength of these alternatives are the same.

Pharmac asks that dispensers make sure people are comfortable with this alternative. If anyone has concerns, we suggest they talk to their prescriber for advice.

Resupplied: early November

The shipment has arrived. We understand stock will start moving through the supply chain from the week beginning 13 November.

Who to contact

If you have questions about this issue, email enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz

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

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