Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug that was initially approved for treatment of breast cancer patients but has since been used for the treatment of other cancers including stomach, head, neck, non-small cell lung and prostate cancer. Approved by the FDA in 1996 it remains a standard treatment of cancer today.
Taxotere Adverse Effects
Permanent Hair Loss
Like many chemotherapy drugs, side effects include hair loss (alopecia), pain, constipation, diarrhea, fluid retention causing weight gain, infection, low white and red blood cell counts, nausea, peripheral neuropathy and changes in sense of taste.
In 2007 a study concluded that a significant number of patients on Taxotere have experienced permanent and irreversible hair loss (alopecia).
The manufacturer of Taxotere disclosed the possibility of permanent hair loss to healthcare providers in Europe and elsewhere but that information was not disclosed in the United States until 2015.
Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturer, Sanofi Aventis for failing to disclose the severity of the side effects and misleading the public. The permanent loss of hair has a direct and negative impact on the patients who have survived cancer but have remained permanently disfigured by their treatments.
A lawsuit is often necessary to maximize the settlement value of your case since often the defendants in these cases are well-funded corporations. These cases are highly complex and require the support of qualified medical evidence to support claims for damages. The use of an experienced dangerous drug attorney is crucial to getting the settlement you deserve.
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When a dangerous drug like Taxotere causes personal injury we believe that the victims deserve complete compensation. If you feel you or a loved one are suffering the adverse effects of Taxotere The Dysart Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to getting you the best results possible.