Don't Automatically Substitute Generic Mupirocin for Bactroban Nasal

The continued shortage of Bactroban Nasal ointment is putting focus on the "decolonization" of methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA).

About 2% of people are "colonized" with MRSA...and have the bacteria in their nostrils, but are NOT sick with an infection.

Decolonizing, or removing the bacteria, can have benefits...such as reducing infections in patients having open heart or joint surgeries.

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