Taxotere (docetaxel), a drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, is used to combat various types of cancer such as breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, advanced stomach cancer, and metastatic prostate cancer. It is administered through the patient's vein and belongs to the taxane drug family. It combats cancer by preventing cancer cells from growing and dividing.
Taxotere Causing Permanent Hair Loss
We are currently investigating and filing suits on behalf of injured users who have suffered hair loss as a result of taking this drug. If you or someone you know has suffered from permanent hair loss due to taking this drug, it's time to learn about options for legal recourse. Sherri Plotkin, who heads our Taxotere team, has over 35 years of legal experience and is available to speak with women about this very personal issue.
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Permanent Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Taxotere's warning labels include alopecia as an adverse reaction, but patients and studies have found over the past few years that the drug actually has a large percentage chance of permanent alopecia, also known as hair loss. Taxotere's label says hair loss is normal during treatment, but should resolve a few weeks after treatment is finished. However 10-15% of cancer patients who used Taxotere experience permanent alopecia. The mechanism by which Taxotere can affect hair follicles is unknown at this point.
Drug Induced Hair Loss is an injury
Due to the immense emotional distress hair loss has on the victims, particularly women, losing hair as a result of taking taxotere is considered a personal injury in civil proceedings. This cases are built on the various levels of depression experienced my victims:
- My youth is gone and I constantly think about becoming old.
- This is so much more than an "annoyance." I often feel dismayed, embarrassed, humiliated, emotionally crushed.
- I feel less confident around someone I am attracted to. I don't feel charming. I am more timid.
- I should feel lucky that I haven't lost all of my hair yet, but these random bald patches are so frustrating. I would rather shave it all off than be forced to deal with this.
- I was emotionally prepared for temporary hair loss. This is not temporary and I am not emotionally prepared for this.
- I find myself being envious and jealous of other women. I was never this way before.
- I wish I could go back in time and choose a different treatment. I just want my eyelashes to grow again.
- I hate wearing wigs! My sense of identity that I had with my natural hair could be varied in so many ways. Now I am limited.
- I feel this has negatively affected my career.
- I am deeply ashamed that I cannot embrace my bald head like all the other courageous survivors. I feel I am forced to hide my disfigurement or struggle with my dignity.
Doctors & Patients alike were misled by the manufacturer
While Sanofi was internally getting reports of permanent hair loss, that information was not passed onto doctors in the United States. In Europe and Canada, Sanofi was giving information to health authorities, as early as 2005. A full 10 years before warnings got changed in the United States! Drug companies cannot decide to withhold side effect information because they are treating a life-threatening disease, especially when alternative treatments exist without that side effect.
Consult with our New York drug injury lawyers to find out how you can receive compensation from the people responsible for your emotional pain and suffering. Drug manufacturers cannot continue to release products with serious side effects without making the dangers clear to potential users.