Cefotaxime Injection

[23 September 2015]

Products Affected - Description

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)
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)

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 has cefotaxime on shortage due to increased demand.

Available Products

There is insufficient supply for usual ordering.

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • West-Ward has all cefotaxime presentations on back order and the company estimates a release date in mid-October to mid-November 2015.
  • Baxter has Claforan 1 gram and 2 gram premixed bags available on allocation. The company will be discontinuing Claforan 4th quarter 2015.

Related Shortages


September 23, August 24 and 4, June 10, April 30 and 2, January 23, 2015; December 5, October 7, September 3, June 24, April 15, February 25, January 14, 2014; December 10, October 30, August 29 and 1, 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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