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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 - discontinued

Reason for the Shortage

    • GlaxoSmithKline discontinued Bactroban 2% nasal ointment in June 2020.[1]

Available Products

    • There are no presentations available.

Alternative Agents & Management

    • As an alternative to single-use tubes, 500 mg from a 22 gram tube can be applied into each nostril using a cotton swab.[3]


    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, April 16, and July 14, 2020.
    2. GlaxoSmithKline. Bactroban Nasal (mupirocin calcium) ointment 2% [product labeling]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015
    3. Mupirocin. Lexi-Drugs Online. Hudson, OH: Lexi-Comp, Inc.; 2020.


Updated July 14, 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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