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Rocephin (ceftriaxone sodium) for Injection

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

[UPDATED 09/11/2007] Roche informed healthcare professionals about revisions made to the prescribing information for Rocephin to clarify the potential risk associated with concomitant use of Rocephin with calcium or calcium-containing solutions or products.

Healthcare professionals are advised that Rocephin and calcium-containing solutions including continuous calcium-containing infusions such as parenteral nutrition, should not be mixed or co-administered to any patient irrespective of age, even via different infusion lines at different sites. Rocephin and IV calcium-containing solutions should not be administered within 48 hours of each other in any patient. No data are available on the potential interaction between ceftriaxone and oral calcium-containing products or interaction between intramuscular ceftriaxone and calcium-containing products (IV or oral).

[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.

[August 2007 - Dear Healthcare Professional Letter - Roche]
[September 11, 2007 - Healthcare Professional Sheet - FDA]


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[June 2007 - Dear Healthcare Professional Letter - Roche]