For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: November 7, 2003

Deadline for Taxol Claims Extended

(Boise) - The deadline to file claims for reimbursement in the Taxol settlement has been extended to January 31, 2004, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Wasden said the extension was granted by the court.

Idahoans may be able to make a claim for a recovery for their purchases of Taxol or paclitaxel (including Onxol), between January 1, 1999 and February 28, 2003. Taxol is a prescription drug, which is used in chemotherapy to fight certain forms of ovarian, breast and lung cancers. It is also used to treat AIDS-related Karposi's Sarcoma.

Claims must be postmarked by January 31, 2004.

The claim form and filing information is accessible via the Attorney General's website or by calling the Taxol Settlement Administrator toll–free at: (800) 659–7609.

"The delay of lower priced generic versions of the drug Taxol was an unlawful anti-competitive practice. The unlawful acts forced many Idahoans to pay more for chemotherapy," Attorney General Wasden said. "I strongly encourage Idahoans who purchased these drugs to apply for the reimbursement to which they are entitled."

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