Various strengths of Ancef (cefazolin) are available in generic form. In fact, this antibiotic is no longer available as a brand-name product and only generic products are being manufactured. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tested the generic Ancef products that are currently available and has determined that they are as good as the brand-name drug.
Ancef® (cefazolin) is a prescription antibiotic. Specifically, it is a cephalosporin antibiotic that is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection to treat a variety of different infections. It is also used to prevent surgical infections.
Although it is no longer manufactured, brand-name Ancef was originally made by GlaxoSmithKline. However, generic versions of Ancef are available at this time.
Generic Ancef is available in the following strengths:
- Cefazolin 500 mg dry powder vial
- Cefazolin 1 gram dry powder vial
- Cefazolin 2 gram dry powder vial
- Cefazolin 10 gram pharmacy bulk package (dry powder vial)
- Cefazolin 20 gram pharmacy bulk package (dry powder vial).
The frozen, premixed Ancef IV solution is no longer available in brand-name or generic form.
Generic Ancef is made by various companies, including:
- Apotex, Corp.
- Sandoz, Inc.
- West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp.
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 cefazolin versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Ancef.
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.