Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit News

Taxotere's Ambiguous Hair Loss Warning

Sanofi-Aventis is using semantics and word games rather than clarity to warn cancers that their hair could fall out permanently from using their drug called Taxotere

Monday, February 5, 2018 - For people suffering from the side effects of anti-cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere, company warnings are proving to be inadequate. No matter how hard one tries to stay positive most cancer patients expect to suffer adverse side effects from chemotherapy including temporary hair loss. Most cancer patients accept the fact that chemotherapy may not even be successful and that they may die from the disease.

Fear of the unknown overwhelms a person when they first find out they have cancer. Many questions immediately come to mind such as who will raise their children if they die and how long do they have to live. Given the consequences of their death on their family, most cancer patients are willing to suffer adverse chemo side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, headaches, lesions that do not heal, lethargy, diarrhea, infections, mouth sores, and liver toxicity problems and many others including temporary hair loss. Normally it is not even an option to consider rejecting chemotherapy and trying to go it alone as doing so is likened by their doctor to a death sentence.

Cancer patients will do almost anything to have a chance of one day having their lives return to normal. Side effects are to be expected and allergic reactions to chemotherapy include hives, rashes, breathing difficulty, lightheadedness, facial swelling, swollen tongue and difficulty swallowing. Cancer patients are experiencing permanent baldness, not the temporary baldness that they were warned to expect as Taxotere has proven to be so toxic that it causes permanent, irreversible baldness in 10-15% of patients that take the drug.

Lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis allege that the company was aware of the fact that Taxotere caused permanent Alopecia as early as 2005 and did little to warn consumers. Instead of making a clear and understandable statement regarding Taxotere's causing permanent hair loss, the company chose to play down the seriousness of the side effect by stating,

"hair loss: in most cases, normal hair growth should return. In some cases (frequency not known) permanent hair loss has been observed."

Taxotere permanent hair loss plaintiffs claim that if they had been aware that there was a 10-15% chance that their hair loss would be permanent, they would not have accepted chemotherapy or at a minimum asked their doctor to recommend a chemotherapy drug that was less toxic. Taxotere's toxicity is so high that it need be administered only half as often as other chemotherapy drugs. In addition to failing to warn consumers, Sanofi is also being sued based on the unfair and deceptive sales practices of their drug marketing representatives. While there is no disputing that Taxotere is effective in fighting cancer, there is no evidence to support that it is more effective than Taxol, the drug it was marketed to replace.

Taxotere lawsuits seek to compensate plaintiffs for medical expenses, lost wages, and the ongoing pain and suffering due to the psychological trauma resulting from having to live the rest of their lives without hair.

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