There are currently five strengths of generic Fortaz (ceftazidime) available. However, one form of the medication is still available as a brand-name drug only. A number of companies make a generic version, including Pfizer, Hospira, and Sandoz. The Food and Drug Administration considers all of the generic forms equivalent to brand-name Fortaz.
Can I Buy Generic Fortaz?Fortaz® (ceftazidime) is a prescription medication. It is an antibiotic given by injection -- either into a muscle or by IV -- and is typically used to treat serious or potentially serious infections.
Fortaz in vials (which need to be mixed) is made by GlaxoSmithKline. The premixed frozen Fortaz solution is made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation for GlaxoSmithKline. The patents for this medication have expired, and Fortaz is now available in generic form.
Generic Fortaz is available in the following strengths:
- Ceftazidime 500 mg vial
- Ceftazidime 1 gram (1000 mg) vial
- Ceftazidime 2 gram (2000 mg) vial
- Ceftazidime 6 gram (6000 mg) pharmacy "bulk package" vial.
Premixed frozen Fortaz is not available in generic form.
Generic Fortaz is made by many different companies, such as:
- Sagent Pharmaceuticals
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 versions of ceftazidime currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Fortaz.
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.