FDA Approves Generic Taxotere

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Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) is a chemotherapy medicine used to treat certain breast cancers. Taxotere typically is used in combination with other medicines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic form of Taxotere. This might reduce the cost of docetaxel treatment, since generic medicines usually cost less than brand name medicines.

Docetaxel is a taxane chemotherapy. Taxanes work by interfering with the ability of cancer cells to divide. Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) and Abraxane (chemical name: albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) are other taxanes.

You can learn more about how docetaxel is used and possible side effects on the Breastcancer.org Taxotere page.

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