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Brand name: Cefazolin (Hospira)

Cefazolin (Hospira) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cefazolin. On this page you will find out more about Cefazolin (Hospira), 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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Active ingredient in this medicine: cefazolin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Cefazolin (Hospira) 1 g powder for injection, 5 vials

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

HospiraÖ Cefazolin Sodium for Injection is indicated in the treatment of the following serious infections due to susceptible organisms:,1. Respiratory tract infections due to S pneumoniae, Klebsiella species, H influenzae, Staph. aureus (penicillin-sensitive and penicillin-resistant), and group A beta-haemolytic streptococci. Injectable benzathine penicillin is considered to be the drug of choice in the treatment and prevention of streptococcal infections, including the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever.,Cefazolin sodium is effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, data establishing the efficacy of cefazolin sodium in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present.,2. Genitourinary tract infections due to Esch coli, Pr. mirabilis, Klebsiella species, and some strains of Enterobacter and enterococci.,3. Skin and soft tissue infections due to Staph aureus (penicillin-sensitive and penicillin-resistant) and Group A beta-haemolytic streptococci and other strains of streptococci.,4. Bone and joint infections due to Staph aureus.,5. Septicaemia due to S pneumoniae, Staph aureus (penicillin-sensitive and penicillin-resistant), Pr. mirabilis, Esch coli and Klebsiella species.,6. Endocarditis due to Staph aureus (penicillin-sensitive and penicillin-resistant) and group A beta-haemolytic streptococci. Appropriate culture and susceptibility studies should be performed to determine susceptibility of the causative organism to cefazolin sodium.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White or almost white powder, filled in 10 mL clear glass molded Type I vial, sealed with grey bromobutyl rubber stopper
Dosage Form Solution, powder for
Route of administration Intramuscular
Medicine schedule
5 pack: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light,Protect from Moisture
Life time 24 Months
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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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