Taxotere® Lawsuit Attorneys

Taxotere® Lawsuit Attorneys

Commonly Used Chemotherapy Drug, Taxotere®, Linked to Permanent Hair Loss to Cancer Patients

Since the FDA approved Taxotere® in 1996, the drug has been prescribed to nearly 75% of women with breast cancer; roughly 2.25 million in the U.S. The makers of Taxotere®, Sanofi-Aventis (SNY), have been accused of hiding side effects that include permanent hair loss. The national Cancer Research Institute conducted a study in 2013 and found that 10-15% of patients who took Taxotere® experienced permanent hair loss as a side effect of the drug. Sanofi’s own studies found that only 3% of patients experienced permanent hair loss after treatment with Taxotere®.

Taxotere® has produced billions of dollars in revenue throughout the world for the French pharmaceutical company since the approval of the drug in 1996.

Sanofi-Aventis accused of hiding side effects and misrepresenting the benefits of the drug.

Taxotere® (docetaxel) is a very commonly used, anti-cancer chemotherapy drug. It is used for treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, advanced stomach cancer, head and neck cancer and metastatic prostate cancer. It is given intravenously, and dosage depends on many factors, including height, weight, general health and type of cancer/condition being treated.

Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy; however, permanent hair loss is not. In most cases hair will grow back after about 6 months and permanent alopecia is highly uncommon. Taxotere® studies show that it has an increased risk that hair will not grow back after use. Hair loss can occur over the entire body, including loss of eyebrows, eyelashes and pubic hair.

Ami Dodson, who filed a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis said, “women who experienced disfiguring permanent alopecia as a result of the use of Taxotere® suffer great mental anguish as well as economic damages, including but not limited to loss of work or inability to work due to significant psychological damage.”

If you or a loved one has suffered permanent hair loss after using Taxotere® or if they have used Taxotere® in the past, contact the Zinda Law Group today. Our experienced trial attorneys offer a free consultation and will help you determine if you have a claim.