Cefotaxime Injection

[30 November 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

Insufficient supplies for usual ordering.

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • West-Ward has cefotaxime 10 gram vials on back order and the company estimates a release date of December 2015. Cefotaxime 500 mg, 1 gram, and 2 gram vials are available on weekly allocation.
  • Baxter has Claforan 1 gram and 2 gram premixed bags available on allocation. The company will be discontinuing Claforan in late-December 2015.

Related Shortages


November 30, 17, 11 and 3, October 19, 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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