Why is There a Taxotere Lawsuit?
Though somebody might be willing to suffer permanent hair loss in order to survive cancer, it is not necessary because there are other chemotherapeutic drugs that are equally effective and do not cause permanent hair loss.
Sanofi-Aventis, the French company who manufactures Taxotere, failed to warn patients in the United States of this risk until recently. Sanofi warned European health officials in 2005, Health Canada in 2012, and most recently the United States Food and Drug Administration(FDA) in 2015. Sanofi also included a warning on the taxotere package insert labels for U.S. patients in 2015, where previously there was no warning.
While temporary hair loss after chemo exists across multiple drugs, the hair grows back, and programs exist to deal with the cost of hair loss such as wig purchases. The programs do not assist those with permanent hair loss, so lifetime cost is borne by the individual suffering this side effect. In addition, many individuals suffer loss of income, particularly in jobs that require them to present themselves in a certain way.
In addition to the financial burden of permanent hair loss, the emotional trauma can be devastating, especially for people who lose all body hair including facial. One Canadian woman afflicted with loss of all body hair said people stare at her when she goes out in public.
Many patients who suffer permanent alopecia after taking Taxotere have filed lawsuits, alleging failure to warn. The company could hardly claim they didn’t know since they warned health officials in Europe a decade before they warned U.S. patients. Plaintiffs are seeking to recover damages for
- Emotional trauma;
- Psychological damage;
- Financial harm; and
- Punitive damages (to punish wrongdoers and discourage future behavior).
FDA Taxotere Warnings
In 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement stating that the cancer drug docetaxel (Taxotere generic drug) contains alcohol and can cause symptoms of alcohol intoxication. This information was then (after the 2014 warning) included in labels. It isn’t safe for some people to ingest alcohol at all, for various reasons. The warning stated that docetaxel (Taxotere drug) can cause intoxication for up to two hours after treatment, and may worsen the intoxicating effects when interacting with other drugs such as pain relievers and sleep aids.
In 2015 the FDA included a warning about permanent alopecia (hair loss) for Taxotere injection concentrate.
There are many other Taxotere side effects which you should know about before deciding whether to take this chemo drug.
Isaacs & Isaacs – Your Taxotere Law Firm
At Isaacs & Isaacs we understand that people who come to us for help are often facing financial difficulties, among other problems. We do not believe that you should have to pay money to obtain justice, those who harmed you should pay. We will represent you on a contingency fee basis. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
There is a time limit to file a civil case, called a statute of limitations, which varies from state to state. If your statute of limitations runs out, you could be permanently barred from recovering damages from Sanofi-Aventis for the harm you have suffered from their failure to warn when they marketed their drug in the United States.
If you or somebody you love have suffered permanent Taxotere hair loss after being treated with this chemotherapeutic drug for cancer, you need to talk to an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs Taxotere lawyer without delay. Our experienced and dedicated Taxotere attorneys are successful in demanding maximum damages for our clients in nationwide who are victims of toxic pharmaceuticals. We understand the importance of filing your case before the statute of limitations runs out. We are available to help you with a free case assessment 24 hours a day, every day.
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If you or somebody you love have suffered permanent Taxotere hair loss after being treated with this chemotherapeutic drug for cancer, you need to talk to an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs Taxotere lawyer without delay. Our experienced and dedicated Taxotere attorneys are successful in demanding maximum damages for our clients in nationwide who are victims of toxic pharmaceuticals. We understand the importance of filing your case before the statute of limitations runs out.