Taxotere (docetaxel) was developed by french pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996. The drug was designed to primarily combat breast cancer but is also used as a chemotherapy drug for a variety of other cancers.
While it was initially marketed as a drug vastly superior to all competition with no additional side effects, studies over the past two decades not only found that it was in no way superior to competition but also that it was the only drug of its class to carry permanent alopecia (hair loss) as a possible complication.
Other documented side effects of extended Taxotere use 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
What Information Should All Potential Taxotere Lawsuit Defendants Know?
The history behind Taxotere and public knowledge of alopecia as a possible complication extends back to the drugs initial introduction to the market with dozens of studies and health agencies offering conflicting reports through two decades.
When the FDA approved the drug in 1996, they did not report alopecia as a possible side effect of taking the drug.
Over the next decade, a majority of studies and Taxotere focus was on the debate as to whether Sanofi-Aventis’ claims of drug superiority was true. Their claim was based on the manipulation of the taxane base in which the main core of the drug was allegedly made more lethal than any other competitors drug.
However, studies to test this theory indicated that there was no evidence to prove that the manipulated base led to a more effective cancer treatment drug. Responding to these studies, the FDA sent a letter of warning to Sanofi-Aventis in 2009 requiring the halt of this deceptive marketing practice.
While the deceptive marketing practice was the main focus of U.S. agencies, European and Canadian agencies were already focusing their efforts on identifying and warning consumers of Taxotere alopecia risks.
These investigations led to a 2005 decision in which the European Union required Sanofi-Aventis to place a warning label detailing the alopecia risk on all Taxotere packaging- the first major agency to disclose this information to consumers.
Another major source of information to non-American consumers came from the British Columbia Cancer Agency in 2012 in which the threat of alopecia and its prominence was detailed in depth.
During this period of discovery and heightened public awareness for non-U.S. consumers, dozens of studies were being published yielding results that indicated a far greater risk of alopecia than ever thought existent.
One of the most prominent of these studies came from the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in which it was claimed that nearly 10-15% of Taxotere consumers were afflicted with permanent alopecia – alopecia lasting for more than 3.5 years.
However, this study was not the only occurrence of major medical breakthroughs regarding the true health risk status of Taxotere. Other studies published by a wide variety of medical sources indicated a strong link between Taxotere and alopecia.
With the FDA recently issuing a safety communication requiring Sanofi-Aventis to label Taxotere with an alopecia warning, victims are now feeling empowered to come forward and file lawsuits to gain compensation for damages incurred.
What Do I Need To Do In Order To File A Taxotere Lawsuit?
Lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis regarding the Taxotere related alopecia have only been actively filed since late 2015 due to the FDA taking nearly two decades to acknowledge a possible drug-complication link.
With more information available to the pubic than ever before, those who believe that they were a victim of a Taxotere related health complication have the ability to file lawsuits with strong evidential support.
These lawsuits were sparked in December 2015 with the first known filing of a Taxotere alopecia lawsuit alleging that Sanofi-Aventis knew and failed to disclose the connection between their drug and permanent hair loss.
Legal firms all over the country have now moved past investigatory stages and are actively pursuing the filing of lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis on behalf of their clients.
The process to determine your Taxotere lawsuit eligibility typically includes the following steps, among others:
- The Acquisition of Medical Records
- A Thorough Examination of Medical Records By Medical Professionals
- Comparing Medical Timeline to State Lawsuit Deadlines
The aforementioned requirements in there simplest form involves determining if you suffered from your medical complication due to Taxotere use and if this complication falls within state deadlines.
Failing to meet a deadline is one of the most common reasons why a dangerous drug victim is deemed ineligible to pursue legal action against the drug manufacturer.
Once these requirements are met, there are additional steps that must be taken to ensure that your situation has the potential to become a strong lawsuit. These steps will be discussed between you and your attorney with a time frame detailing when your lawsuit will be filed changing on a case by case basis.
Beginning your legal process as soon as possible with a skilled attorney is the best way to ensure your situation is able to end in the filing of a Taxotere dangerous drug lawsuit.
Doing so early offers you and your legal team the flexibility to thoroughly research all possible legal actions which could include whether to join a class action or remain an individual lawsuit as well as how to proceed with multidistrict litigation consolidation.
What Are The Top Reasons Taxotere Victims Should File Lawsuits?
While the effects of Taxotere are now well documented and cause major damage to alopecia sufferers psychological state, many of those who are eligible to file a lawsuit refuse to do so. This reluctance to file is typically rooted in the fear of being left worse off after a lawsuit than before.
As a client driven firm, we have spent a substantial amount of time discussing lawsuit preventing fears with our clients to try and develop reasons and policies that can defeat those fears in all Taxotere victims.
1. No-Fee Guarantee: The most common fear victims have that prevent them from filing lawsuits is that they will be left with a greater financial burden after their lawsuit than before due to enormous legal fees. To ensure you never need to worry about being left worse off because of legal action, we promise you in writing that you will not be charged any fee or charge unless you win a settlement.
2. Two Decades of Medical Studies: Taxotere alopecia is one of the most well documented and visible dangerous drug previously undisclosed complications that is facing active lawsuits. With twenty years of data and multiple health agencies acknowledging the link, Taxotere lawsuits have an extremely strong base to stand on.
3. Legal Team Responsibility: Many victims worry that they will be unable to shoulder the burden of a major dangerous drug lawsuit. However, in being a client driven legal team, we take all the responsibility off your shoulders and handle all the steps without requiring you to undergo unnecessary time-consuming processes.
4. Securing Stability Through Compensation: Victims of alopecia often face financial hardships as they spend money attempting to combat their complication or need to miss work due to psychological damage that they must fight to repair. Securing a settlement will allow you to focus on your psychological recovery without worrying about a deteriorating financial state.
Our Taxotere Lawyers Can Help You
Our Taxotere hair loss lawsuit attorneys can help if you suffered permanent hair loss from this cancer drug. Lawsuits will continued be filed against the pharmaceutical company. You may be entitled to a settlement.
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WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Taxotere lawsuit claims.