Have you taken the chemotherapy drug, Taxotere®, while undergoing management of stomach cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, breast cancer, neck cancer, head cancer or metastatic prostate cancer?
You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured as a result of this treatment.
Have you suffered permanent hair loss after chemotherapy treatments with Taxotere®? Schedule a consultation with an attorney immediately.
Lawsuits Filed Against Taxotere® Manufacturer
Some individuals across the country are already taking legal action after suffering permanent and severe hair loss. Given that other treatments with similar effectiveness and no hair loss side effects are available, patients are the ones suffering. If the manufacturer knew about this side effect and did not properly warn doctors or patients, the lawsuits already filed may just be the beginning.
Patients Seeking to Hold Sanofi-Aventis Accountable
Current lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of Taxotere®, Sanofi-Aventis. Consumers who have been injured by this treatment allege that the company did not warn patients about the potential risks of hair loss, known as permanent alopecia. The current lawsuits argue that if the manufacturer had properly warned patients about the risks, they would have been prescribed a different chemotherapy drug which has the potential to treat the cancer just as effectively without permanent hair loss.
Common Side Effects of Taxotere®
Although one of the most serious side effects of Taxotere® is alopecia, there are other potential side effects that can seriously hurt or injure a patient. If you have experienced any of these, it is important to consult with your physician as soon as possible. Possible side effects include:
- Mouth or throat sores
- Taste changes
- Fatigue and weakness
- Muscle, joint or bone pain
- Fluid retention with weight gain
- Low white blood cell count
- Low red blood cell count
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Nail changes
Currently there have been no recalls of Taxotere® by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That being said, at the end of 2015 the FDA recognized that Taxotere® could lead to permanent hair loss and a warning about this will now be placed on the label. Unfortunately, this seems like too little too late for those who have already suffered irreversible hair loss.
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What Options Do I Have?
If you have already sustained serious permanent hair loss as a result of going through this type of chemotherapy, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Taxotere® side effects and hair loss can be extremely difficult for someone who is already coping with a cancer diagnosis or treatments for cancer.
At a time like this, the prospect of a lawsuit can seem overwhelming, but it does not have to be. One of the most important things you can do in this situation is to consult with a knowledgeable attorney at the Goldwater Law Firm about your next steps.
When manufacturers or drug developers put dangerous treatments on the market, it could be months or years before patients and doctors start to notice severe side effects. Manufacturers of these kinds of products can be held accountable in court if their treatments led to serious injuries without proper warnings.
Reach out for help as soon as possible, as each state has strict rules about the time limits for filing legal claims. Your lawsuit may be the first step towards compensation and protecting other patients from harmful side effects.
A Taxotere® lawsuit may be the recommended recourse to help you fight for compensation to recover from your injuries. Being diagnosed with permanent hair loss can be extremely difficult but the other side effects that make Taxotere® dangerous are also worth sharing with your attorney. Do not hesitate to get legal help as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 1-800-210-9700 or complete our inquiry contact form.