Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit News

The Emotional Side Effects of Permanent Hair Loss For Women Are All Too Real

There are many ways in which the psychological trauma of permanent hair loss can ruin a life

Friday, September 22, 2017 - Even temporary hair loss is a terrifying side effect of anti-cancer chemotherapy treatment and keeps many people from seeking a proper cancer diagnosis in the first place. Hair loss can affect a person's self-esteem, sense of self-worth, and can lead to serious depression. These symptoms, in turn, can cause a person to be unable to return to work or to continue in a role as a mother or father within a family. Hair loss, especially in women can cause them to become shut into their homes and not want to venture out into the public to do any of the activities that previously gave them pleasure. Hair loss is not, as cancer drug maker Sanofi-Aventis might have us believe a "vanity" issue. No women should have to cover up with a scarf or wear a wig every time they go out in public. When hair loss becomes permanent a cancer patient can be left feeling like they are a freak and as if their life has been ruined.

Patient Have a Right to Know Their Options

Patients diagnosed with cancer have a right to know all of their options so that they can make informed choices regarding their treatment. As a result of doctors switching from Taxol to Taxotere chemotherapy, and not explaining the potential for life-altering "permanent" hair loss, thousands of cancer patients now face a lifetime without hair on their head, face, eyebrows, eyelashes and a loss of body hair completely. Knowing full well the permanent hair loss side effects of the more toxic Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis deliberately chose to hide their finding from the American public, having notified health official in the European Union and Canada years earlier. This coupled with financial incentives Sanofi paid to doctors that switched to Taxotere, left patients with advanced cancers in the dark unaware that there was a better and safer alternative.

The FDA Warned Sanofi to Stop Its Deceptive Marketing Practices

The Food and Drug Administration FDA warned Sanofi-Aventis that the company's reprint citing a study in the Journal of Oncology was "false and misleading" and overstated that Taxotere was more effective than Taxol in treating breast cancer. The FDA stated that it was "not aware of substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience to support the claims made regarding Taxotere's level of efficacy or superiority to paclitaxel." In its warning, the FDA stated that it is "not aware of substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience to support the claims made in the carrier regarding Taxotere's level of efficacy or superiority to paclitaxel."

Studies Link Taxotere to Permanent Baldness

There are a number of studies that link the highly toxic anti-cancer drug Taxotere to permanent hair loss. In 2014, a study conducted by the National Cancer Research Institute found the number patients taking Taxotere and experiencing permanent baldness as a result at around 10-15%. A study performed by Dr. Scot Sedlacek at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Denver, Colorado in 2006, collected data from 500 Taxotere patients over a period ten-years and found that approximately 6% suffered permanent hair loss.

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