Monday, July 09, 2007

Rocephin (Antibiotic) Warning

Rocephin, also known as ceftriaxone sodium, is prescribed to treat lower respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea and other infections.

Last week the FDA warned doctors of new risks to newborn babies, including death, associated with combining the drug with certain other treatments.

Rocephin should not be combined with calcium or calcium-containing products, following reports of an unspecified number of cases of fatal reactions in the lungs and kidneys of newborns.

The FDA issued the warning on the "MedWatch" section on its website. Also posted is a letter to doctors dated June 2007 describing the drug's updated prescribing information.

Source: Here.