Are you experiencing permanent hair loss after Chemotherapy?
Taxotere® (Docetaxel) is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug that is given intravenously for patients suffering from:
- Breast cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Advanced stomach cancers
- Head and neck cancers
- Metastastic prostate cancer
Taxotere has been linked to alopecia, or permanent hair loss, and there is evidence that Sanofi-Aventis, the company that markets Taxotere, failed to warn patients and physicians of this risk. In fact, In December 2015, the Food and Drug Administration took action to force Sanofi to warn patients and doctors of the risk of permanent alopecia associated with Taxotere.
What Taxotere is and how it works
Taxotere belongs to a class of chemotherapy drugs called plant alkaloids. Plant alkaloids are made from plants, and they attack cancer cells during various phases of cell division. Plant alkaloids like Taxotere inhibit the interior structure within the cancer cell, killing it. Patients usually received the drug through an hour-long infusion once every three weeks.
The FDA first approved Taxotere for patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer in December 1999. In 2004 and 2006, the FDA also approved the drug for use in patients with prostate, breast, gastric, and head and neck cancers. Taxotere has been one of the most prescribed and most lucrative drugs in its class. The majority of breast cancer cases in the United States are treated with Taxotere, and 300,000 women are diagnosed with the disease every year. In 2009 alone, Taxotere made over $3 billion for Sanofi before the company lost patent protection.
Taxotere risks and the adverse side effects reported.
Studies have linked Taxotere to a disfiguring side effect: alopecia, or permanent and irreversible hair loss. In one study, as many as 9% of breast cancer patients suffered alopecia that lasted for a decade or more. Permanent hair loss severely decreases the quality of life of cancer survivors and dramatically affects their body image. Alopecia is a constant reminder of the trauma of the disease, leading to depression and distress. As one woman suffering from Taxotere-related alopecia said, "It's devastating. ... With no hair, there is no going back to normal."
Now, breast cancer survivors and their families are filing lawsuits against Sanofi, claiming the company failed to warn them of the risk and hid research linking the chemo drug to the toxic side effects.
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If you are a loved one were given Taxotere and suffered permanent hair loss as a result, please call us now for a FREE REVIEW of your medical records. You may be entitled to recover money for your injuries. Please be aware that there are time limitations for filing any kind of lawsuit. If you fail to file your case within the required time window, you will be unable to recover any money for your damages. Please contact us now so we can devote proper time and attention to your case. If you qualify, we want to represent you and help you get all you deserve.
Who we are
Attorney Gary C. Johnson has been representing people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in Eastern and Central Kentucky for more than 30 years. Gary has won several multimillion dollar jury verdicts and settlements over his long and distinguished career, including the eighth-largest verdict in the United States in 2002. He has the largest personal injury jury verdict of any lawyer in the state of Kentucky.
Our team of attorneys, working in conjunction of the law firm of Bubalo Goode Sales and Cronen PLLC, are devoted to protecting the rights of our clients with integrity and honesty. We will work hard to ensure that your case received the care and attention it deserves, and that you receive the money and benefits to which you’re entitled. Coping with problems related to Taxotere is hard enough without additional legal stress. Let us take the burden off your shoulders and navigate the legal system on your behalf.
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