At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our Taxotere lawyers represent patients who have suffered from hair loss as a result of taking Taxotere -- a controversial prescription medication.
When a patient suffers from such complications, it can give rise to a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company and drug manufacturer, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis. These dangerous drug lawsuits often result in significant settlements.
Taxotere (docetaxel) is a cancer chemotherapy drug that was approved by the FDA on October 17, 2006. Treatment is administered intravenously for different cycles and amounts of time, depending on the type of cancer. The FDA approved the anti-cancer drug for the following types of cancer:
- Gastric cancer
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
What Are The Serious Side Effects of Taxotere?
It's no secret that many chemotherapy drugs can cause temporary hair loss. This is because chemotherapy drugs are extremely powerful medications, and although they attack and destroy fast spreading cancer cells, they also attack other fast growing cells in the body, such as those responsible for hair growth.
Patients who undergo chemotherapy might notice their hair beginning to fall out. Hair loss can range from mild thinning to complete baldness. Hair loss can also occur in places other than the scalp, as some patients experience hair loss in their eye brows, eye lashes, armpits or pubic areas. After the conclusion of treatment, hair will begin to grow back. At first, it might grow back with a different texture or slight change in color, but over time it should return to normal.
However, recent reports have indicated that the chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been causing permanent hair loss in some patients. This condition is known as alopecia, and several women have reported that years after Taxotere treatment, their hair has still yet to grow back.
What Are The Less Severe Side Effects of Taxotere?
Less severe Taxotere side effects may include:
- Bleeding or bruising
- Extreme Fatigue
- Mouth Sores
- Shortness of breath
What are the Criteria for Filing a Taxotere Lawsuit?
Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug approved in the treatment of breast cancer along with other forms of cancer. It is administered intravenously through a vein, and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes.
In 2007, manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis issued a press release touting the efficacy of Taxotere based on a clinical study. However, Sanofi-Aventis failed to inform the FDA, health care providers, and the public that permanent hair loss was observed in a number of the patients taking Taxotere.
In December 2015, the FDA announced it had ordered Sanofi-Aventis to change Taxotere’s label to warn patients of the risk of permanent hair loss.
While hair loss during chemotherapy is expected, patients undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere were not warned they could potentially experience permanent hair loss.
Permanent hair loss is an extremely debilitating condition, especially for women. We are currently investigating claims for women who suffered permanent hair loss following chemotherapy with Taxotere for breast cancer.The criteria for filing a Taxotere hair loss lawsuit include the following:
- Diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 breast cancer
- Underwent chemotherapy as part of treatment
- Taxotere was used in chemo
- Hair loss occurred where hair has not returned and chemo treatment was completed at least six months prior
- Must have photos of hair loss before and after
- Hair loss includes eyebrows and eyelashes
Are There Any Current Taxotere Lawsuits?
Ami Dodson, a California woman who underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2010, was one of the first individuals to file a lawsuit claiming Taxotere caused her to suffer from permanent hair loss. Dodson's claim goes beyond her own personal hair loss; She claims Sanofi-Aventis purposefully engaged in deceptive tactics to drive up the sales of the chemotherapy drug. The lawsuit alleges that once the drug was approved in 1996, Sanofi marketed the drug deceptively and then paid kickbacks to health care providers in an attempt to get them to use the drug for off-label uses.
The lawsuit further claims that Taxotere is not superior to any other taxane chemotherapy drugs, and that Sanofi concealed studies indicating that permanent hair loss was more prevalent in chemotherapy with Taxotere. They claim that the pharmaceutical company knew about results of a study, as early as in 1990s, that resulted in nearly 10% of participants unable to grow back hair for more than a decade. Dodson's lawsuit also notes that Sanofi published information in other countries about the risk of alopecia, but withheld this information when it released its product in the United States.
The lawsuit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
There are strict time deadlines for filing dangerous drug claims so it is important that you do not wait too long to consult with an attorney.
If you miss a deadline your case can be lost forever and you may never be able to recover compensation for your pain and medical bill expenses.
Who Is The Best Taxotere Hair Loss Lawyer?
The Taxotere hair loss attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. understand issues relating to all Taxotere side effects. This allows us to get the best settlements for our clients.
It is important to have an attorney not afraid to fight for you when you have dealt with any Taxotere side effect.
Contact Our Taxotere Hair Loss Lawyers
Our Taxotere drug lawyers have a detailed knowledge and understanding of these types of cases, injuries suffered and their treatment. This is essential to understanding to achieving the best possible settlement or jury verdict for our affected clients.
We are currently accepting cases on behalf of patients who had hair loss due to Taxotere.
For more information about dangerous drug claims or to get help from our top-rated Taxotere hair loss lawyers, call our law firm at (888) 797-8787.
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