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