What Is Taxotere?
Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat up to 75% of women with breast cancer. It is also used to treat other cancers such as prostate cancer, lung cancer, head & neck cancer and stomach cancer. Many chemotherapy drugs, including Taxotere, have a high risk of causing hair loss in patients taking the chemotherapy drugs. In most cases, the hair loss is temporary and the hair will grow back in 3 to 6 months after ceasing treatment. In fact, Sanofi‐Aventis, the French pharmaceutical company which manufacturers Taxotere warns that temporary hair loss is a normal side effect for patients taking Taxotere.
What Is the Problem With Taxotere?
Unfortunately, studies have shown that in up to 10% of the cases, the hair loss for Taxotere patients is PERMANENT (a condition known as alopecia) lasting some 10 years or more and that the loss not only includes hair but eyebrows and eyelashes as well. On the other hand, there are many, many other chemotherapy drugs available which do not carry this high risk of permanent hair loss.
While temporary hair loss is a distressing condition, permanent hair loss can be devastating, especially for women. Many women suffering permanent hair loss from Taxotere had no idea that the drug carried such a risk with it because the manufacturer failed to properly warn doctors or patients of this risk or of the fact that other chemotherapy drugs were available which did not carry the risk of permanent hair loss.
At present, there are close to 1,000 drug injury lawsuits currently pending for victims of permanent hair loss claimed to have been caused by Taxotere.
What If You Think You May Have a Problem From Taxotere?
If you or a loved one suffered permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere, you or they may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, suffering, and disability resulting from those complications. Call Lattof & Lattof today for a free drug injury consultation regarding your potential rights. Remember that claims of this type usually have a certain time limitation within which you may take action, so it is important that you make the call as soon as you can so as to preserve your rights.