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

Supply issue Active

AFT, the supplier, have advised that there will be an out of stock of Locorten-Vioform from June 2021 to mid-2022.

Affected product

The stock outage of Locorten-Vioform has been caused by problems with the active ingredients (API).  

  • Chemical: Flumetasone pivalate ear drops 0.02% with clioquinol 1%
  • Brand: Locorten-Vioform
  • Pharmacode: 259799
  • Expected out-of-stock: July 2021
  • Expected back in stock: Mid-2022

Schedule listing(external link)

Alternative product

We have received advice that Kenacomb brand ear drops are a suitable alternative. They are a Medsafe-registered product. Aspen have assured us that there is ample supply of Kenacomb to cover the out of stock period of Locorten-Vioform ear drops. 

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

Schedule listing(external link)

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