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Mupirocin Calcium 2% Nasal Ointment

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.


    1. GlaxoSmithKline (personal communications). August 5, November 7, 2016; January 27, February 14, May 22, July 28, November 3, 2017; January 10, April 17, July 25, October 23, December 5, 2018; March 12, April 5, July 9, September 24, November 20, 2019; January 14 and April 16, 2020.
    2. GlaxoSmithKline. Bactroban Nasal (mupirocin calcium) ointment 2% [product labeling]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015


Updated April 16, 2020 by Leslie Jensen, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created August 13, 2015 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. © 2020, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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