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What are the potential problems associated with infusing paclitaxel (Taxol, generics) without an inline filter? —Tracy Hill

Paclitaxel should be administered through an in-line 0.22-micron or smaller filter to prevent microbubbles, any microbacterial contaminants, and particulates from infusing into the patient. Infusion of these may result in phlebitis, emboli, or other serious adverse effects. ONA

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Lisa Thompson is assistant professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Aurora, Colorado.