Pharmacy Services

Linezolid (Zyvox)

February 22, 2011

Pfizer announced that the packaging for intravenous (IV) linezolid is changing from the Excel® IV bag to the Freeflex® IV bag.  Continue using linezolid packaged in Excel® IV bags until depleted.  Both Excel® and Freeflex® IV bags are PVC and latex-free.  Unlike prior packaging, the Freeflex® IV bag has two ports.  Use only the blue port, marked by a downward pointing arrow, to spike the bag.  Linezolid cannot be mixed with any other medications. The white port of the linezolid Freeflex® IV bag  is not intended for use, including  adding medications or solutions to linezolid, or for drug delivery.

For more information and directions on using the Freeflex® IV bag, please visit the following link:
http://content.ecast.wyeth.com/msgs/421/Zyvox_IVBag_276056.pdf

Updated
February 22, 2011; University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2011, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.