Rocephin (ceftriaxone sodium) for Injection

July 5, 2007

Audience: Neonatologists, pediatricians, infectious disease specialists, hospital administrators, other healthcare professionals

[Posted 07/05/2007] Roche and FDA informed healthcare professionals of revisions to the CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE REACTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections of the prescribing information for Rocephin for Injection. The revisions are based on new information that describes the potential risk associated with concomitant use of Rocephin with calcium or calcium containing solutions or products. Cases of fatal reactions with calcium-ceftriaxone precipitates in the lungs and kidneys in both term and premature neonates were reported. Hyperbilirubinemic neonates, especially prematures, should not be treated with Rocephin. The drug must not be mixed or administered simultaneously with calcium-containing solutions or products, even via different infusion lines. Additionally, calcium-containing solutions or products must not be administered within 48-hours of the last administration of ceftriaxone.

[June 2007 - Dear Healthcare Professional Letter - Roche]

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