Mupirocin Calcium 2% Nasal Ointment

[21 February 2017]

Products Affected - Description

Bactroban 2% nasal ointment, GlaxoSmithKline
1 gram tube, 10 count (NDC 00029-1526-11)

Reason for the Shortage

GlaxoSmithKline states the shortage is due to manufacturing issues. GlaxoSmithKline is looking for an alternative supply source.1

Available Products

There are no presentations available.

Estimated Resupply Dates

GlaxoSmithKline has Bactroban Nasal 2% Ointment in 1 gram tubes on long-term back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.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.

Related Shortages


  1. GlaxoSmithKline (personal communications). August 5, November 7, 2016; January 27, and February 14, 2017.
  2. GlaxoSmithKline. Bactroban Nasal (mupirocin calcium) ointment 2% [product labeling]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015.


Updated February 21, 2017 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created August 13, 2015 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Copyright 2017, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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