BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi-aventis U.S. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new one-vial formulation of its chemotherapeutic agent Taxotere® (docetaxel) Injection Concentrate. The 1-vial Taxotere is anticipated to become available to cancer treatment clinics and hospitals nationwide in the fall in both 80 mg and 20 mg dosages.
Introduced more than 14 years ago, Taxotere is approved by the FDA for use in treating patients at specific stages of 5 types of cancer: metastatic and adjuvant breast cancer, metastatic androgen independent prostate cancer, advanced non-small cell lung cancer, advanced gastric adenocarcinoma and locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.
"This new formulation underscores the commitment sanofi-aventis has made to Taxotere and to healthcare professionals. We look forward to adding this formulation of Taxotere to the arsenal of oncology products sanofi-aventis offers to the cancer community," said Paul Hawthorne, Vice President and Head of the Oncology Business Unit at sanofi-aventis U.S.
The most common adverse reactions across all Taxotere® indications are infections, neutropenia, anemia, febrile neutropenia, hypersensitivity, thrombocytopenia, neuropathy, dysgeusia, dyspnea, constipation, anorexia, nail disorders, fluid retention, asthenia, pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, mucositis, alopecia, skin reactions and myalgia.
Previously, Taxotere was available to health care professionals in a two vial formulation – one vial containing docetaxel concentrate and the other with the diluent. The 1-vial Taxotere eliminates the need for the initial dilution step with the diluent. The 1-vial Taxotere, now at 20mg/ml concentration, is ready to be added directly into the infusion solution. The new 1-vial Taxotere is expected to help simplify preparation by eliminating the dilution step.
With 1-vial Taxotere, the pharmaceutical ingredients of Taxotere and the one hour IV infusion administration to the patient remain the same.
Taxotere has been used worldwide to treat more than 1.5 million patients, 100,000 of whom were participants in clinical trials.
Important Safety Information for Taxotere (docetaxel) Injection Concentrate
Taxotere is approved for the following indications:
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
For more information about Taxotere, including full prescribing information and product boxed WARNING, visit: http://products.sanofi-aventis.us/taxotere/taxotere_1Vial.pdf
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