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.

The practice of "decolonizing," or removing the bacteria, started in hospitals to reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

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