Flumetasone pivalate (Locorten-Vioform) ear drops: Supply issue resolved

AFT, the supplier, have advised that Locorten-Vioform is back in stock and should be with wholesalers by the week ending 9 September.

1 September 2022 Update

Supply issue resolved.

Affected product

  • Chemical: Flumetasone pivalate ear drops 0.02% with clioquinol 1%
  • Brand: Locorten-Vioform
  • Pharmacode: 259799
  • Expected resupply: Week ending 9 September 2022.

Schedule listing(external link)

Alternative product

We received advice that Kenacomb brand ear drops were a suitable alternative. They are a Medsafe-registered product.  

  • Chemical: Triamcinolone acetonide with gramicidin, neomycin and nystatin
  • Brand: Kenacomb 
  • Pharmacode: 253634
  • Supplier: Aspen

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Information for health care professionals

We appreciate that it is not always easy to change patients onto different medicines and apologise for any inconvenience caused to you and your patients as a result of this change.

Flumetasone pivalate ear drops monograph – NZ Formulary(external link)

Triamcinolone acetonide ear drops monograph – NZ Formulary(external link)

Information for patients

If you have a prescription for flumetasone pivalate ear drops and none are available, you will need a new prescription for an alternative product. 

Who to contact

If you have questions about supplies, contact your wholesaler or supplier.

Kenacomb ear drops are supplied by Aspen. Phone: 09 220 5394

Locorton-Vioform ear drops are supplied by AFT. Phone: 0800 423 823

If you have questions about the funding for this product, 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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