Taxotere Lawyer

Cancer patients try a variety of treatments to combat the destructive disease. Sadly, there are no known cures for cancers. But, cancer patients can live a full life with the help of treatment. Doctors recommend different primary and secondary treatments depending on the type of cancer. Treatment options range from surgery to chemotherapy and drugs. While all cancer treatments have side effects, some treatments may be more harmful than helpful. A cancer drug known as Taxotere may result in permanent damage for cancer patients. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered injuries after taking Taxotere. 

What is Taxotere? 

Taxotere, also known as Docetaxel, is a chemotherapy drug used to treat several types of cancer. Patients receive Taxotere intravenously and usually alongside another chemotherapy drug. Taxotere stops the growth of cancer cells by making the cells too stiff to reproduce. The dosage and frequency of Taxotere depend on height, weight, and the type of cancer. Doctors administer Taxotere to treat cancers such as: 

  • Breast cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Head and neck cancer 

Dangers of Taxotere

The FDA first approved Taxotere in 1999 to treat certain types of lung cancers. Then in 2004, the FDA approved Taxotere for breast cancer. Since then, it has become a popular cancer treatment, especially for breast cancer. Yet, several scientific studies have potentially linked the drug to life-altering side effects. 

Sanofi-Aventis funded a study in the 1990s that researched the long-term effects of Taxotere. In 2005, the results showed that 9.2% of patients suffered permanent hair loss. In 2006, a study conducted at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers found that Taxotere could cause more than 6% of women to suffer permanent alopecia. Alopecia can result in hair loss on the head, eyebrows, eyelashes, underarms, and more. In another study, the Annals of Oncology followed 20 women who received Taxotere. All 20 experienced permanent alopecia. 

In addition to hair loss, Taxotere may also cause vision damage. In December 2001, JAMA research revealed that 77% of Taxotere patients experienced epiphora. Epiphora is an eye condition that causes excessive tearing. In March 2022, a study identified that Taxotere users were at an increased risk of epiphora and optic nerve damage.

Taxotere Injuries 

The manufacturer of Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis, discloses a number of side effects associated with Taxotere. The company notes that cancer patients receiving Taxotere may experience low blood cell counts, fatigue, muscle pain, fluid retention, etc.  

But, Sanofi-Aventis failed to inform patients that Taxotere may result in permanent alopecia and vision damage. Alopecia drastically alters victims’ physical appearance and mental state. The sudden hair loss disease can cause:

  • Baldness 
  • Lack of eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Body image issues

Taxotere may also impact a patient’s vision. Vision-related injuries potentially associated with Taxotere include: 

  • Epiphora
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Vision loss
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye surgery 

Taxotere Lawsuits

Taxotere lawsuits allege that Sanofi-Aventis knew of the drug’s potential to cause vision damage and permanent alopecia, but kept the information from the public. Research concerning Taxotere’s unintended side effects dates as far back as the early 2000s. The lawsuits claim that the company promoted the benefits of Taxotere over other cancer drugs despite its connection with permanent hair loss and eyesight issues. 

As of June 2022, over 11,000 Taxotere hair loss lawsuits and 26 Taxotere eye injury lawsuits are pending in federal court. 

Do I Qualify for a Taxotere Lawsuit?

If you suffered permanent alopecia or eye injuries after receiving Taxotere, you may qualify for a Taxotere lawsuit. A Taxotere lawsuit may help you recover compensation for: 

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

Hair loss is an unfortunate aspect of chemotherapy, but it is not typically permanent. Furthermore, even though doctors understand that some cancer treatments affect vision, Taxotere labeling did not adequately warn the public of the drug’s vision hazards. For years, research has revealed that Taxotere patients are more likely to develop long-term alopecia and eye injuries. Despite this evidence, Sanofi-Aventis did not notify the public about permanent hair loss or vision issues. Instead, in 2015, the FDA finally required that Taxotere’s warning label include permanent alopecia. Sanofi-Aventis did not disclose the extent of Taxotere’s possible side effects. This exclusion prevented cancer patients from making informed decisions concerning their cancer treatment. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.