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Brand name: Gentamicin (Pfizer (Perth))

Gentamicin (Pfizer (Perth)) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) gentamicin. On this page you will find out more about Gentamicin (Pfizer (Perth)), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Gentamicin Injection BP 80 mg in 2 mL Steriluer

Recall Action Commencement Date: 6 October 2017

Pack Size: 10 and 50 packs

Batches/Expiry Dates:

• A115 - 30.11.2017

• A115A - 30.11.2017

• A115B - 30.11.2017

• A129 - 31.12.2017

• A297 - 31.05.2018

• A316 - 31.08.2018

• A318 - 31.05.2018

• A342 - 31.07.2018

• A394 - 31.10.2018

• A448 - 31.12.2018

Reason: Pfizer advises that, following an internal investigation, some batches of Gentamicin Injection BP 80 mg in 2 mL Steriluer are being recalled as they may contain a higher than expected intrinsic constituent (histamine) in the finished product. Histamine administered intravenously or intramuscularly could potentially lead to signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis.

Further information on this recall can be found at

Active ingredient in this medicine: gentamicin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Gentamicin (Pfizer (Perth)) 80 mg/2 mL injection solution, 10 x 2 mL ampoules

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Indications as at November 2000; For the treatment of infections due to one or more susceptible strains of bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus species (indole positive and indole negative), Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter and Serratia species and Staphylococcus (including strains resistant to other antibiotics). Gentamicin may also be used for the treatment of the following conditions when caused by susceptible organisms: bacteraemia, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, skin and skin structure infections, bone infections, peritonitis, septic abortion and burns complicated by sepsis. Aminoglycosides, including gentamicin are generally not indicated in uncomplicated initial episodes of urinary tract infection unless the causative organisms are not susceptible to less toxic antibiotics. In suspected or documented Gram-negative sepsis, gentamicin should be considered for initial antimicrobial therapy. Therapy may be instituted before obtaining results of susceptibility tests. The decision to continue therapy is based on results of the susceptibility tests, the severity of the infection and risk of toxicity. If anaerobic organisms are suspected, antimicrobial therapy in addition to the gentamicin regimen should be considered.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear, pale yellow, sterile aqueous solution.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
2mL x 10: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
2mL x 50: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Ampoule
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 March 2018

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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