Developed by French pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi-Aventis, Taxotere (docetaxel) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 as a chemotherapy drug to primarily combat breast cancer.
The drug was developed to be more lethal than its competition, however, studies over the past decade have yielded results indicating no increased effectiveness of Taxotere over competitors. This discovery has come as a huge concern to the medical community as it has also been discovered that only Taxotere carries a substantial risk of permanent alopecia – hair loss.
Sanofi-Aventis has come under fire for deceptively marketing their drug as superior, without disclosing the serious side effects associated with Taxotere that their competition typically do not possess. These include:
- Bone, muscle or joint pain
- Fatigue and weakness
- Fluid retention with weight gain, swelling of the ankles or abdominal area
- Low red blood cell count (anemia)
- Low white blood cell count
- Mouth or throat sores
- Nail changes (color changes to your fingernails or toenails)
- Peripheral neuropathy (numbness in your fingers and toes)
- Taste changes
Have Taxotere Lawsuits Won Settlements Against Sanofi-Aventis?
Unfortunately, Taxotere was used on patients for over a decade before the FDA formally acknowledged the link between the drug and alopecia.
This decade of Sanofi-Aventis deception led to millions of unaware medical professionals under the impression that they were using the most effective cancer drug to expose their patients to Taxotere.
Due to this delay, lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis are only recently being filed in large numbers.
These cases are alleging that Sanofi-Aventis was aware of the risk of permanent alopecia in Taxotere users but failed to adequately warn medical professionals and consumers. Lawsuits are currently active in Denver, Chicago, and Oakland among other major cities.
The oldest of these cases was filed in December 2015, so settlement offers or trial results do not appear imminent.
While the recent nature of these cases make it difficult to accurately project potential settlement figures, it is likely that future settlements will seek to provide compensation for the following:
- Psychological Damage
- Emotional Injuries
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
With extensive studies being published indicating a significant increase of alopecia risk and no increased cancer-combative effectiveness for Taxotere use compared to similar drugs, thousands of consumers have begun the investigatory stages of legal action against Sanofi-Aventis.
As active lawsuits increase in number, there will be a greater chance that a multidistrict litigation will be assigned or a class action lawsuit will be created.
Either of these entities carry an increased likelihood of a drug manufacturer issuing settlement offers as the consolidation of thousands of cases levies significant pressure on a company.
How Can I Become Eligible For A Future Taxotere Settlement?
As stated above, settlements for Taxotere alopecia lawsuits have yet to field settlement offers from Sanofi-Aventis due to the recent nature of lawsuit filings.
To become eligible for a future Taxotere lawsuit, you must begin the legal process for filing a dangerous drug lawsuit as soon as possible.
Beginning the legal process early offers victims the most flexibility when it comes to settlement strategies.
The initial step in determining if you are eligible to file a case, and thus receive a settlement requires the following actions to take place:
- Medical Records Ordered By Legal Team
- Medical Records Examined By Medical Experts
- Investigation To Determine If Records Fall Within State Deadlines
If at the end of these actions, your situation is determined to offer a valid claim to legal action, the process of filing a lawsuit will begin.
Once your lawsuit is officially filed as an active Taxotere dangerous drug lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis, you will gain eligibility to claim any future settlement offer.
Additionally, you will gain the ability to join a class action lawsuit or be consolidated under multidistrict litigation if either entity becomes active – these are often proceeded by increased chances of settlements being issued.
Our Taxotere Lawyers Can Help You
Our Taxotere lawsuit attorneys can help if you suffered permanent hair loss from this dangerous drug. Lawsuits will be filed against the drug maker and you may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it in all in writing for you.
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Our Taxotere lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-4722 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 Taxotere lawsuit claims.