Mississippi attorneys helping women suffering from permanent hair loss
What is Taxotere?
Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug manufactured and marketed by Sanofi-Aventis. It has been on the market since 1999, and doctors prescribe the drug to treat the majority of breast cancer cases in the U.S.
Most chemotherapy drugs cause temporary hair loss; however, Taxotere causes permanent alopecia (loss of hair) in patients. It is alleged that Sanofi-Aventis knew about this and failed to warn patients and physicians in the U.S. about the increased risks of permanent hair loss.
If properly warned of the risks associated with Taxotere, patients would have been prescribed a different chemotherapy drug that does not result in permanent hair loss.
FDA Issues Taxotere Warning in 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its Safety Information page for Taxotere in December 2015 to include reporting of permanent hair loss. Patients claim that Sanofi-Aventis warned patients outside of the U.S. about the side effects much earlier.
Cases on file allege that Sanofi-Aventis warned doctors and patients in Europe as early as 2005 and Canada in 2012. The company waited until a month after the FDA’s information update to warn Americans.
In 2010, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported that women contacted Sanofi-Aventis about the non-disclosure of Taxotere’s risk of causing permanent baldness.
Sanofi-Aventis Pushes Patients Away from Cheaper, Safer Drug
Sanofi-Aventis put profit over people. By not warning patient and physicians in the U.S., the company could keep increasing drug sales. Meanwhile, Taxol, a lesser expensive chemo drug, does not cause permanent hair loss. A BreastCancer.org study shows that over 89 percent of women who received Taxol had a higher survival rate than that of Taxotere.
What Are the Symptoms of Alopecia Universalis?
If you received Taxotere while being treated for breast cancer, and you are still waiting for your hair to grow back, you could have alopecia universalis. The symptoms to be aware of are as follows:
- Absence of hair anywhere on the body (including underarms and genital region)
- Lack of eyebrows
- Lack of eyelashes
It is important to consult with a physician to determine what is causing your hair loss and if it can be treated.
Should I File a Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have been treated with Taxotere for breast cancer, and have experienced permanent hair loss, you might have cause to sue the manufacturer for compensation for your pain and suffering. Please contact us to discuss your rights.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, please contact the Diaz Law Firm. You can reach us online or by calling our toll-free number at 800-459-2222. Our team is available to speak with you about your potential case. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we recover for you. The Diaz Law Firm is a national firm that represents clients across the United States.