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Brand Names: US

  • Taxotere [DSC]

Therapeutic Category

  • Antineoplastic Agent, Antimicrotubular
  • Antineoplastic Agent, Taxane Derivative

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

DOCEtaxel may be confused with cabazitaxel, PACLitaxel (conventional), PACLitaxel (protein bound).

Taxotere may be confused with Abraxane, Taxol.

High alert medication:

This medication is in a class the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) includes among its list of drug classes which have a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error.

Administration issues:

Multiple concentrations: Docetaxel is available as a one-vial formulation at concentrations of 10 mg/mL (generic formulation) and 20 mg/mL (concentrate/solution; Taxotere or non-alcohol generic formulation). Admixture errors have occurred due to the availability of various docetaxel concentrations.

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