Taxotere Lawyers Explain Medical Complications & Lawsuits
The Taxotere attorneys at the Drug Law Center are currently investigating claims on behalf of those who are suffering from alopecia after using the medication for the treatment of breast cancer. While this treatment is one of the most popular and effective courses in the treatment of cancer, Sanofi has kept critical information from the public eye about the possibility of devastating side effects. Many women have suffered both physical and emotional injury as a result of the adverse cosmetic complications that this chemotherapy medication has produced and are now coming forward to demand answers and justice.
The History of Taxotere
Many doctors attest that the introduction of Taxotere to the market allowed many cancer patients to benefit from much more positive prognoses. It is a popular chemotherapy treatment for a wide variety of cancers, including breast cancer. It received its initial approval by the FDA in 1996 and has been on the market now for 20 years.
It is estimated that 300,000 women will be treated for breast cancer every year and roughly 75% of them are prescribed Taxotere as a part of their treatment plan. Studies have shown that it performs very well when it comes to extending the lives of those who it is prescribed to. Unfortunately, it also comes with the possibility of permanent hair loss, which is a condition called alopecia.
What Conditions are treated with Taxotere and how does it Work?
Cancer is caused by the accelerated and rapid division of cells in the body, which results in the formation of tumors and the destruction of healthy cells. As the cancer cells continue to divide, they may spread to other areas of the body. Taxotere is designed to slow the process of cell division so that these cells are not able to multiply as rapidly. One of the effects of this is that many cells are prevented from dividing at all, resulting in the death of these cancer cells.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Taxotere to treat a variety of cancers, but it is not the only effective chemotherapy medication on the market. This is why women deserved to be informed of the very real and permanent side effects that they were at risk of encountering due to the treatment.
In addition to breast cancer, it can be prescribed to treat cancers of the lungs, stomach, head, neck and prostate. To those who are willing to take the risk of permanently losing their hair, it is an effective treatment option when combined with radiation and surgical procedures.
Complications Linked to Taxotere
It is possible for women undergoing treatment with Taxotere to experience permanent hair loss. Other chemotherapy treatments can cause hair loss as well, but women typically grow their hair back no later than six months after their treatments end. Taxotere can cause hair loss across the entire body and the hair may never return. This can have a psychological and emotional toll on women by negatively impacting their appearance and making them more self-conscious and unconfident.
A study funded by Sanofi showed that over 9% of patients receiving the medication suffered from hair loss that lasted ten years or longer. Subsequent studies revealed that 6% of women would never grow their hair back over the rest of their lives. One alarming report told the story of a woman who went through chemotherapy with other medications while completely regrowing her hair only to suffer from complete and permanent hair loss when she was treated with Taxotere after going into remission.
Alopecia is not the only devastating side effect that women may encounter while being treated with Taxotere. In addition, the following complications may result.
- Infection— chemotherapy can have a negative impact on the autoimmune system, making it more difficult for the body to prevent and fight infections.
- Peripheral neuropathy— it is possible for nerve damage to occur, which may cause tingling, numbness and pain in the affected region. This most often affects the hands and feet.
- Fluid retention— this may cause inflammatory diseases, weight gain and other complications.
- Kidney damage— the kidneys are responsible for regulating fluid levels, blood pressure and the elimination of waste from the body. Renal failure can be devastating and require dialysis and the eventual replacement of the kidney.
- Liver damage— Taxotere can also severely damage the liver, which also helps in the elimination of toxic chemicals from the body.
- Toxic death
A group of women who suffered permanent hair loss after being treated with Taxotere have come forward to press legal action against the medication’s manufacturer. They allege that Sanofi knew of the risks and deliberately withheld them from the public in order to continue marketing the medication to women suffering from cancer. The failure to warn makes the drug maker liable for the physical and emotional suffering these women have gone through.
The Taxotere injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are committed to finding justice on behalf of all of those who have been injured due to the deliberate failure of Sanofi to warn them of the potential risks. If you have been injured, we would like to invite you to contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning lawyers so that we can investigate your claim and review your options. If we are unable to recover compensation on your behalf, our services will cost you nothing.
The first Taxotere lawsuit alleging that Sanofi deliberately withheld critical information from the public concerning the risk of permanent hair loss was filed in California. Since then, many women have begun to come forward with similar stories, prompting our Taxotere injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center to begin investigating claims on behalf of victims. If you experienced alopecia after receiving the medication, you may be entitled to compensation due to the company’s failure to warn. While Taxotere is used as a treatment for three quarters of breast cancer patients, there are available alternatives that don’t place women at risk of permanently losing their hair.
Sanofi Alleged of Pushing Medication despite Known Risks
Ami Dodson lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. While this is a normal side effect, women normally begin to see hair regrowth no later than six months following the end of their treatments. Ami’s hair never returned and she feels that Sanofi failed to meet its duty of care by deliberately hiding the risk in order to continue selling its product to vulnerable cancer patients like herself.
In addition to hair loss, there are a number of additional serious side effects that have been linked to Taxotere— many of which were also undisclosed to the public. Dodson alleges that Sanofi didn’t merely fail to warn the public, but actively exploited women who feared for their lives during very dark and confusing times. Misleading claims helped the treatment become the most popular chemotherapy medication on the market, and women had the right to decide whether or not they wished to assume the risks.
Known risks include permanent baldness, damage to the liver or kidneys, the development of leukemia and an increased chance of congested heart failure. Had Dodson known of the risks, she would have opted to undergo treatment with a different medication.
Sanofi’s Own Study Revealed Risks of Alopecia
It is common for women to lose their hair during chemotherapy treatments, but they normally begin to experience hair regrowth only half a year later. Long term or permanent hair loss is extremely rare with other medications, but over 9% of people receiving Taxotere have been diagnosed with alopecia. 75% of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are prescribed the medication, placing hundreds of thousands of women at risk every single year.
Sanofi conducted its own studies revealing this risk and chose to conceal the results of its studies along with other independent research that established an undeniable link between the medication and permanent hair loss. The evidence was compelling enough for Sanofi to issue warnings abroad, but the drug manufacturer issued no such warnings in the United States. Dodson argues that the pharmaceutical company deliberately chose to exploit women in the United States and benefited to the tune of billions of dollars of sales.
Hair Loss Amounts to Disfigurement for Women
Women who suffer from alopecia are devastated and may suffer emotional and psychological anguish for the rest of their lives. In addition to the shame and self-consciousness that they feel, they must pay for expensive wigs in order to hide their hair loss. Alopecia also affects hair growth in other areas of the body, which can result in the loss of women’s eyebrows and pubic hair.
Ami Dodson is alleging that these complications amount to disfiguration, as women who have lost their hair are reminded every time they look in the mirror of what they have endured. Others still have suffered from kidney, liver and heart problems because those risks were also undisclosed. Sanofi has not officially responded to these allegations yet.
Learn How to Protect Your Rights With a Taxotere Hair Loss Attorney
If you lost your hair after being prescribed Taxotere, you may be entitled to compensation along with the countless number of women who are beginning to come forward. By making the dubious claim that hair generally grows back after treatment and concealing the fact that as many as 9% of women should never see their hair return, Sanofi has become liable for the physical and emotional suffering of all the women who have suffered permanent hair loss.
The Taxotere injury lawyers at the Drug Law Center are committed to representing the needs of any woman who has been injured by this medication and we would like to hear your story. We’ve helped thousands of clients recover the compensation they needed for the payment of medical expenses, out of pocket costs, pain and suffering and lost wages which have resulted from their injuries.
Contact us today to be connected with an award winning Taxotere injury attorney so that we can gather all of the information we need to be able to properly evaluate your claim and advise you on your legal options. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, you are assured that our services will cost you nothing at all.