Products Affected - Description
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Reason for the Shortage
- GlaxoSmithKline states the shortage was due to manufacturing issues.1
- Mupirocin ointment 22 gram tubes are not affected by this shortage.
Bactroban 2% nasal ointment, GlaxoSmithKline
1 gram tube, 10 count (NDC 00029-1526-11)
Estimated Resupply Dates
GlaxoSmithKline has Bactroban Nasal 2% Ointment in 1 gram tubes available.1
Implications for Patient Care
Mupirocin calcium ointment is used intranasally to eradicate nasal colonization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in adult patients and healthcare workers during institutional outbreaks to reduce the risk of infection.2
Do not share tubes of mupirocin ointment between patients to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.
Alternative Agents & Management
During this shortage, consider using mupirocin ointment instead of mupirocin calcium ointment.
- GlaxoSmithKline (personal communications). October 2, November 5, and December 16, 2015; and January 4 and 27, February 10, and March 7, 2016.
- GlaxoSmithKline. Bactroban Nasal (mupirocin calcium) ointment 2% [product labeling]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015.
Updated March 7, 2016 by Leslie Jensen, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created August 13, 2015 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Copyright 2016, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
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