Acute piperacillin+tazobactam shortage – important advice – JHH and HNELHD

Currently (still in Feb 2018) there is a worldwide shortage of piperacillin+tazobactam , an additional issue to the shortage earlier in 2017 .

Appropriate substitutions – see – HNELHD advice (November 2017)  JHH_Pip_Taz_Fact_Sheet_Oct_2017 . This includes new dosage recommendations for IV amox+clavulanate for intra-abdominal infection (6 -hrly rather than 8- hrly dosing).

For further advice, please contact the Hunter New England Local Health District Infectious Diseases or Microbiology Services via 02 49213000.


  1. rphmanzoor · · Reply

    Tazocin is the combination of tazobactum and piperacillin and is used in the treatment of Hospital accquired pneumonia,complicated intra abdominal infection, septicaemia (Blood Poisoning),
    Complicated infection involving urinary tract infections and skin and soft tissue infections.
    It is also used in infections in neutropenic patients (Low white Blood Count)
    More here


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