Taxatore and Permanent Hair Loss

Jan 8, 2017 by

Cancer affects thousands of individuals across the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 57,740 new cancer cases has been tallied in the country for the year 2016 alone. The patients affected by this disease undergo rigorous treatment plans, most of them including chemotherapy.

A common chemotherapy drug administered to patients in the US is called Taxotere, also known by its generic name Docetaxel. While the drug has been known to show notable efficacy, it came with side effects not uncommon to other forms of chemotherapy medication. There was, however, one side effect that proved to be particularly alarming. As warned by the Food and Drug Administration or FDA in 2015, Taxatore has been found to cause permanent alopecia or hair loss.

According to Williams Kherkher, litigation against Taxatore manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis showed data that approximately 10 to 15 percent of women that used the drug during chemotherapy reported no sign of hair growth even after as long as 10 years since they were last on the medication. Of course, hair loss is a well-known side effect of chemotherapy, but hair growth is expected after 3 to 6 months of stopping treatment.

Additional lawsuits point to evidence of Sanofi-Aventis having long been aware of the links between Taxotere and permanent alopecia since the 1990s, deliberately concealing this knowledge in order to downplay the risks involved to taking the drug. Williams Kherkher also point to statements from whistleblower that alleged how Sanofi-Aventis incentivized doctors who prescribed
Taxotore to their patients, by paying them kickbacks, raising the company’s revenue to over a billion dollars by the year 2004.

Patients that have used Taxatore for chemotherapy reported experiencing lack of any hair growth in the eyelashes, eyebrows, underarms, and around the genital area. Many also suffered from baldness and total hair loss in the scalp and body. If you are among the many patients affected by permanent hair loss due to Taxatore, do not hesitate to consult with a Taxotere lawsuit attorney to learn more about your legal options.

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