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.1
There are no presentations available.
Estimated Resupply Dates
GlaxoSmithKline has Bactroban Nasal 2% Ointment in 1 gram tubes on back order and the company estimates a release date of 3rd quarter 2017.1
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). August 5, and November 7, 2016.
- GlaxoSmithKline. Bactroban Nasal (mupirocin calcium) ointment 2% [product labeling]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015.
Updated November 7, 2016 by Michelle Wheeler, 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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