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Taxotere Lawsuits: Permanent Hair Loss

Commonly asked questions about Taxotere (docetaxel):

What Is Taxotere?

Cancer chemotherapy has been used heavily as a means to cure, control or palliate cancer in the body for decades. Unlike other cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation that can target specific areas of the body, chemotherapy is a drug treatment that can cause mild to severe side effects in some patients.

A frequent and well known side effect of cancer chemotherapy is temporary hair loss. Under normal circumstances and with most modern chemotherapy drugs, hair loss from chemotherapy is not permanent and grows back normally after treatment is finished. However, recent reports have indicated that some cancer patients who underwent treatment with Taxotere, a plant alkaloid chemotherapy drug, are unable to regrow hair months, and even years after cancer treatment was concluded.

What Cancers Are Treated With Taxotere?

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a cancer chemotherapy drug that was approved by the FDA on October 17, 2006. The drug is produced by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis. 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

Taxotere, like many other chemotherapy drugs, produces a wide range of side effects that can vary based on the individual.

The following symptoms are not medical emergencies, but your physician should be notified within 24 hours if any of the following occur:

Bleeding or Bruising
Extreme Fatigue
Mouth Sores
Shortness of Breath

Does Chemotherapy With Taxotere Cause Hair Loss?

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. For this reason, many women have filed lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis, the producers of the drug.

Permanent hair loss can have a profound effect on a woman’s life. The inability to regrow hair can cause depression and anxiety stemming from a negative body image.

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. While hair loss during chemotherapy is expected, patients undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere were not warned they could potentially experience permanent hair loss.

Sanofi updated warning labels in Canada in 2005 and Europe in 2012 to warn for this possible side effect, but did not updated U.S. labels until 2015. 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.

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.

Can I File a Taxotere Lawsuit?

Several women have come forward seeking legal action against the manufacturers of the chemotherapy drug Taxotere. Some women claim that their hair has not grown back for more than a decade after treatment ended. If you or a loved one was prescribed chemotherapy with Taxotere, you may be able to recover compensation for your permanent hair loss.

Our legal team is searching for cancer survivors who meet the following criteria:

  • 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

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Are There Current Taxotere Lawsuits?

Dodson v. Sanofi SA et al

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 the drug. 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 over 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.

Consolidated Litigation

In cases where a large number of people are injured or wronged by a defective or dangerous product, class action lawsuits can be used to consolidate the claims into one large claim against the company. Other times, judges may choose to consolidate specific lawsuits that are very similar in nature in what is known as multi-district litigation.

At this time, no consolidated litigation is pending, however, experts agree that this may materialize in the near future. Our chemotherapy drug lawyers specialize in this type of litigation and can keep you up to date and informed if an opportunity to join a lawsuit exists.

Can I File A Taxotere Chemotherapy Hair Loss Lawsuit?

If you or someone in your family has been unable to regrow hair after receiving chemotherapy with Taxotere or Doxetaxel, you may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation. Allegations that the makers of this medication knew about the risks of permanent hair loss but did not disclose them to the public has caused many women to file lawsuits against the company. Our legal team are experts in bad drug litigation and can help you recover settlement money for the distress and emotional damage permanent hair loss can cause.

It will cost you nothing to file a Taxotere lawsuit. Simply call us and explain your situation. If we believe you have a case, we will immediately begin working on your case. You do not pay a single cent until we are able to recover a settlement for you. That is our promise to you.

How Do I Start A Taxotere Hair Loss Claim?

Our chemotherapy hair loss lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing hair loss lawsuit claims.

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