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Generic Claforan

Some of the Claforan (cefotaxime) products are available in generic form. Several strengths of the dry powder version come in generic form; however, the frozen, premixed solution is not yet available as a generic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tested the generic Claforan products and has determined that they are as good as the brand-name drug.

Can I Buy Generic Claforan?

Claforan® (cefotaxime) is a prescription antibiotic medication. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic that is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection to treat a variety of different infections. It is also used to prevent surgical infections.
Brand-name Claforan is made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation for sanofi-aventis U.S., LLC. However, the patents have expired (the drug was approved in 1981), and generic versions are available.

Available Strengths

Generic Claforan is available in the following strengths:
  • Cefotaxime 500 mg (dry powder to be mixed with an appropriate liquid before use)
  • Cefotaxime 1 gram (dry powder to be mixed with an appropriate liquid before use)
  • Cefotaxime 2 gram (dry powder to be mixed with an appropriate liquid before use).
The frozen, premixed Claforan IV solution is not available in generic form.

Who Makes Generic Claforan?

Generic Claforan is made by various companies, such as:
  • B. Braun Medical, Inc.
  • West-Ward Pharmaceutical, Corp.
  • Wockhardt USA, LLC.

Is Generic Cefotaxime as Good as Claforan?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic cefotaxime versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Claforan.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.

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