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Generic Maxipime

Although brand-name Maxipime (cefepime) products are no longer manufactured, generic versions are still available. Numerous tests have been performed that have shown that generic Maxipime is as good as the brand-name version. However, the generic products may have different inactive ingredients than brand-name Maxipime, including different fillers and dyes, which may cause problems for people with certain allergies.

Can I Buy Generic Maxipime?

Maxipime® (cefepime) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic that is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection to treat a variety of different infections.
Brand-name Maxipime was made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company but is no longer available. Generic versions are still available and are made by various manufacturers.

Available Strengths

Generic Maxipime is available in the following strengths:
  • Cefepime 1 gram in 50 mL premixed IV solution
  • Cefepime 2 gram in 100 mL premixed IV solution
  • Cefepime 1 gram (dry powder, to be mixed with an appropriate liquid before use)
  • Cefepime 2 gram (dry powder, to be mixed with an appropriate liquid before use).

Who Makes Generic Maxipime?

Generic Maxipime is made by several different companies, including:
  • Apotex, Corp.
  • APP Pharmaceuticals, LLC
  • B. Braun Medical, Inc.
  • Sagent Pharmaceuticals
  • Sandoz, Inc.

Is Generic Cefepime as Good as Maxipime?

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 cefepime versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Maxipime.
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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