Chemotherapy drugs like Taxotere cause hair loss, but it usually grows back in a few months. Unfortunately, baldness is persistent or permanent in about 3-6% of patients. The manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, may be liable for failing to warn about this risk.
Need a Texas Taxotere Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with permanent hair loss, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Taxotere Lawsuits Centralized in MDL
In October 2016, judges centralized 89 federal Taxotere lawsuits involving permanent hair loss in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2740) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Lance M. Africk.
Taxotere and Hair Loss
Taxotere (docetaxel) is an anti-cancer drug made by Sanofi-Aventis. It is a chemotherapy medication that treats cancers of the breast, prostate, stomach, lungs, head, and neck, often in combination with other medications.
Like all chemotherapy drugs, hair loss is a common side effect of Taxotere because it destroys all rapidly-growing cells, including hair follicles and cancer cells. In most cases, hair loss is temporary and starts growing back a few weeks or months after the last treatment.
However, in some cases, hair loss persists longer. Sanofi-Aventis’ own studies estimated the risk at 3% of patients, but some studies suggest it could be as high as 6% — or even higher when Taxotere is combined with other chemotherapy drugs.
Cancer patients should never avoid a life-saving chemotherapy treatment due to concern about hair loss. However, the manufacturer did not warn about the risk until December 2015, when the FDA updated the label to include permanent alopecia.
For cancer survivors, hair loss can be a very serious side effect, both physically and emotionally, with expensive long-term treatments and negative impacts on quality of life. Our attorneys believe Sanofi-Aventis may be liable for failing to warn you about this risk.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. However, our lawyers are not filing a Taxotere class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits and only accepting cases involving permanent hair loss or baldness.
About Class Actions
Class actions are a useful and efficient way to resolve a lot of lawsuits all at once. Everyone consolidates their individual claims into one lawsuit and lawyers use a “class representative” to fight for compensation on behalf of the entire group.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
When compensation is awarded in a class action, it must be divided equally among everyone in the lawsuit. In some cases, lawyers accept a “low-ball” settlement and take large cuts of the payout.
Instead of a class action, our attorneys file individual lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. We specialize in holding negligent drug-makers accountable for failing to warn about severe side effects. If you were injured, you could be eligible for compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
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