Hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid) Scalp lotn 0.1%: Supply issue resolved

Supply of Locoid scalp solution (Pharmacode 210382) has returned to normal.

Affected product

There may have been a brief out of stock of this product, caused by a delay in shipping.

  • Chemical: Hydrocortisone butyrate
  • Presentation: Oint 0.1% 
  • Brand: Locoid
  • Pharmacode: 210307
  • Subsidy: $10.28
  • Measure / Qty: per 100 g OP

Schedule listing for hydrocortisone butyrate(external link)

Alternative products

We have received clinical advice that other funded products are available that can be used in place of Locoid ointment: 

hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid Crelo)(external link) milky emulsion (Pharmacode: 2017458)  

betamethasone dipropionate with calcipotriol (Enstilar)(external link) foam (Pharmacode 2582236) 

betamethasone valerate (Beta Scalp)(external link) scalp app  (Pharmacode 512877)

A new prescription will required for the betamethasone products. Rule 3.4.2, allows pharmacists to dispense the milky emulsion presentation in place of the ointment, so a new prescription should not be needed. 


Link, the supplier, has advised that stock levels have returned to normal.

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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