Mupirocin is a generic drug that’s prescribed for certain skin infections. It’s available in a topical cream or an ointment. The ointment is available as the brand-name drug Centany. The cost of mupirocin with and without insurance can depend on several factors.

As with all medications, the cost of mupirocin can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use. It may also depend on if you’re using mupirocin cream or ointment.

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Mupirocin cream is only available as a generic. It doesn’t come in a brand-name version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active ingredient in a brand-name medication. Mupirocin cream was based on Bactroban cream, which is no longer available.

However, mupirocin ointment is available as the brand-name drug Centany. If your doctor has prescribed mupirocin ointment and you’re interested in using Centany instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.

It’s also important to note that there was another brand-name form of mupirocin ointment called Bactroban ointment. This brand-name version is no longer available.

To find out how the cost of this brand-name drug compares with the cost of mupirocin, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you need financial support to pay for mupirocin, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:

These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and mupirocin.

Does the size of mupirocin affect its cost?

It’s possible that the size of your mupirocin tube may affect its cost. This drug is available in two different forms: a cream and an ointment. Mupirocin cream comes in 15-gram (g) and 30-g tubes. Mupirocin ointment comes in 15-g and 22-g tubes.

So, it’s possible that a 15-g tube of mupirocin cream may cost less than a 30-g tube of the same drug. This is because you’ll get less medication with a smaller tube.

If you have additional questions about the mupirocin 2% ointment or cream price, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They can help determine which medication may be the best treatment option and most cost effective choice for you.

Why is mupirocin so expensive?

What you pay for mupirocin depends on several factors. Factors that could affect what you pay for this drug include:

  • the form of drug you’re prescribed (cream or ointment)
  • your dosage and treatment plan
  • the pharmacy you use
  • whether or not you have insurance

If you do have insurance, the price you pay with insurance will also depend on:

  • your specific plan benefits
  • any prior authorization requirements you have for drug coverage

To learn more about the cost of mupirocin with or without insurance, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).

You can also visit Optum Perks* for price estimates for this drug when using coupons from the site. However, Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with insurance benefits or copays.

* Optum Perks is a sister site of Medical News Today.

Below is information you may want to consider if you have insurance and receive mupirocin.

If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers mupirocin. This means the company and your doctor will discuss mupirocin in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. If a drug requires prior authorization but you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether mupirocin requires prior authorization.

Disclaimer: Medical News Today has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.