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Bactroban nasal ointment supply issue - Dec 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017


GSK are currently out of stock of Bactroban Nasal Ointment due to issues with transfer of this product to another manufacturing site. They are unable to confirm the exact resupply date but have advised that new stock should be available by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

UKMI have published a shortages memo, which provides advice on clinical alternatives. This is available at the following link:

Shortage of Bactroban

Description of product affected

Bactroban Nasal Ointment contains mupirocin 2% in white soft paraffin. It is licensed for the elimination of nasal carriage of staphylococci, including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It is applied to the anterior nares two to three times a day.1

Background

GSK are currently out of stock due to issues with transfer of this product to another manufacturing site. They are unable to confirm the exact resupply date but have advised that new stock should be available by the end of first quarter of 2018.

Alternative agents and management options

Advice should be sought from the prescriber or Health Board policy on use of alternative products. Please refer to this PDF.

Acknowledgements
Paul Wade, Consultant Pharmacist-Infectious Diseases, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
 
Original document prepared by:
Yuet Wan, London and South East Regional Medicines Information, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (19 Dec 2017)
 
Document modified by:
Name of individual at other centre using the product with modifications, centre, date
 
For all correspondence please contact:
Name of person at base hospital where memo is circulated (i.e. NOT the original author at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
 
Disclaimer: The content of some of this memo is based on clinical opinion from practitioners.
 
Stock of alternatives is available:
 
Naseptin Nasal Cream- available via: AAH, Alliance Healthcare and Well Pharmacy
Prontoderm Nasal Gel – available via: AAH and Alliance
Octenisan Nasal gel - available via: AAH, Alliance and Phoenix