Cefotaxime Injection

[04 August 2015]

Products Affected - Description

Cefotaxime powder for solution for injection, West-Ward
1 gram vial, 25 count (NDC 00143-9931-25)
2 gram vial, 25 count (NDC 00143-9933-25)
10 gram vial, single count (NDC 00143-9935-91)
500 mg vial, 10 count (NDC 00143-9930-10)
Claforan intravenous injection, Baxter
1 gram/50 mL frozen premixed bag, 24 count (NDC 00039-0038-05)
2 gram/50 mL frozen premixed bag, 24 count (NDC 00039-0039-05)

Reason for the Shortage

  • Hospira has discontinued Claforan. Sanofi-Aventis manufactured Claforan for Hospira and is no longer making the product.
  • Baxter has Claforan premixed bags on allocation. The company will be discontinuing Claforan 4th quarter 2015.
  • West-Ward cannot provide a reason for the shortage.

Available Products

There are insufficient supplies for usual ordering.

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • West-Ward has cefotaxime 2 gram vials on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date. West-Ward has cefotaxime 500 mg, 1 gram and 10 gram vials available on allocation and with short expiration dating (June/July 2016). Contact your West-Ward sales representative to request an allocation.
  • Baxter has Claforan 1 gram and 2 gram premixed bags available on allocation. The company will be discontinuing Claforan 4th quarter 2015.

Related Shortages


August 4, June 10, April 2 and 30, March 2, January 23, 2015; December 5 and 23, November 5, October 7, September 3, June 24, April 15, February 25, January 14, 2014; December 10, October 30, September 30, August 1, 29, and 30, July 31, 2013, University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2015, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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