Did You Suffer Permanent Hair Loss After Chemotherapy?
Popular chemo drug Taxotere® has been linked to alopecia (permanent hair loss)...
Taxotere® (Docetaxel) is a "taxane" chemotherapy drug that is given intravenously for patients of...
- Breast cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Advanced stomach cancers
- Head and neck cancers
- ...and other serious cancers
FAILED TO WARN PATIENTS: Sanofi-Aventis™, the drug company behind Taxotere® is under allegations of negligence for having FAILED TO WARN patients and physicians of the known risks of permanent hair loss (alopecia).
WHAT AFFECTED PATIENTS ARE SAYING...
“That wasn’t explained to me fully at the time. If I had known the side effects, would I have refused the drug? Absolutely. There is another drug, Taxol®, which is as effective and the risk of permanent hair loss is negligible. Instead, today, I am almost bald.”
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What Went Wrong?
When a side effect of a drug so devastating as permanent hair loss is purposely hidden from cancer patients and physicians, innocent people become victims...
And the women who have suffered the traumatic consequences of permanent hair loss are now realizing that the drug manufacturer of Taxotere® (Sanofi™) may be to blame...
Sanofi™, maker of popular chemotherapy drug Taxotere®, has been alleged with failing to properly warn of permanent hair loss (alopecia) -- in fact, the FDA took action in December 2015 forcing Sanofi™ to warn patients and doctors of permanent alopecia.
Why Taxotere® (Docetaxel) Is Defective...
Taxotere® (generically named Docetaxel) is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug that is classified as a "taxane", or "plant alkaloid".
Chemo patients are typically given Taxotere® (made by Sanofi™) or Taxol® (made by Bristol Myers Squibb™) during chemotherapy. However, studies are showing that only Taxotere® has significant risk for permanent alopecia (hair loss) while perhaps being even less effective than the alternative drug, Taxol®.
Alarming Number of Research Studies Show Taxotere® Linked To Permanent Hair Loss...
Researchers at the National Cancer Conference in 2014 reported that permanent hair loss was a side effect in 10-15% of chemotherapy patients who took Taxotere®, according research conducted by the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI).
STUDY: "Distressing Psychological Consequences in the Patients' Lives"
A groundbreaking study by the Annals of Oncology concluded that Taxotere® does significantly cause permanent hair loss in females who use the drug in chemotherapy treatment.
The study also noted Taxotere®'s devastating effect on a patient's quality of life. Something so psychologically distressing as permanent hair loss could certainly hinder a patient's successful recovery.
"Long term hair loss has a significant impact on quality of survival. This risk should be discussed routinely (as part of the process of informed consent) with all patients embarking upon Taxotere® as a component of management of early breast cancer."
The Clatterbridge Cancer Center Study
Study Finds ZERO Benefits To Taxotere® In Regards To Efficacy...
Compared To Alternative Drug Taxol® Which Doesn't Have The Risks of Permanent Hair Loss
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2008 published a study of 5,000 women that found that the alternative chemotherapy drug Taxol® showed higher rates of survival than Taxotere® -- and did not come with the risks of permanent hair loss.
Why Are Doctors Even Using Taxotere???
Because Sanofi™ (maker of Taxotere®) failed to list permanent hair loss as a known risk (FDA forced them to in Dec 2015), so doctors were not fully aware what was causing some patients to have permanent hair loss.
ALSO.. Taxotere® has always been attractive to doctors and pharmacies -- NOT because it is more effective, but because it is CHEAPER.
Sanofi™ developed Taxotere® to be a non-natural "synthetic" version of its competitor drug, Taxol®. They also made it twice as toxic, which many researchers believe is the reason why hair follicles become permanently damaged during treatment.
"The one side effect possibly most dreaded by the patient is alopecia. Yet, we have always told our female patients don't worry [hair] will always come back. This last statement may not be true."
-- Dr. Scot Sedlacek, Oncologist at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers
"If I had known the side effects, would I have refused the drug? Absolutely. There is another drug, Taxol®, which is as effective and the risk of permanent hair loss is negligible. Instead, today, I am almost bald."
-- Shirley Ledlie, 56
Why The Manufacturer of Taxotere® (Sanofi™) FAILED Patients and Doctors...
Sanofi™ (the drug manufacturer) has known about Taxotere®'s risks concerning permanent hair loss for many years, but utterly FAILED to put a proper warning on its drug.
Meanwhile, doctors have been treating chemo patients with Taxotere® and unknowingly telling patients their 'hair will return'... NOT knowing that roughly 1 in 10 patients will NEVER see their hair again.
This Is An Issue of Informed Consent!
Why Patients Have A Right To Be Warned of Risks And Choose A Safer Drug...
A "Patients Bill of Rights" was adopted by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry...
As the American Cancer Society states, "You have the right to know your treatment options and take part in the decisions about your care."
"So why aren't breast cancer patients being informed of the risk of this psychologically devastating side effect? The undisclosed link between Taxotere® and permanent hair loss is not about vanity. It's about full and honest disclosure. And it's about a patient's right to make fully informed decisions about their treatment... It's time to take off the rose-colored glasses and have a cold hard look at the facts."
A Head of Our Time (Hair Loss Support Group)
FDA ISSUES WARNING LETTER TO SANOFI™ ABOUT TAXOTERE®
FDA Found Marketing of Taxotere® To Be False or Misleading Due To Unsubstantiated Superiority Claims And Overstatement of the Efficacy of Taxotere®
We now know thanks to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study of 5,000 women that Taxotere® was shown to be less effective in cancer treatment than its American-made competitor drug, Taxol®.
So the FDA warned Sanofi™ that their drug was being marketed to doctors and patients falsely or misleadingly.
FDA WARNS SANOFI™ AGAIN! THIS TIME OVER LACK OF WARNING FOR PERMANENT HAIR LOSS...
In December 2015, The FDA warned Sanofi™ (again) that they must add permanent alopecia (hair loss) to their drug warning label.
Up until the FDA forced the warning label to include permanent hair loss, Sanofi®'s label was inappropriate...
"While most patients lose their hair during treatment, hair generally grows back."
"They absolutely told me my hair will grow back. I will never be well of breast cancer because of this. My life is not over, but my life is drastically changed."
-- Pamela Kirby, 58
There is a hair loss support group that "calls themselves the 'Taxotears', and [they] are encouraging women who have lost all their hair to report the adverse events to Sanofi™ and drug watchdog authorities. They are also gently harassing Sanofi™ to draw attention to their plight."
-- From CBS NEWS Article, Sanofi's Latest Challenge: Women Who Say Its Chemotherapy Left Them Permanently Bald
Lawsuits Are Being Filed Against Sanofi™ By Victims of Taxotere® - Why Permanent Hair Loss Victims Could See Significant Financial Compensation...
As more evidence comes to light about Taxotere®'s risks and Sanofi™'s FDA warnings, hair loss victims are now filing lawsuits seeking financial compensation.
LAWSUIT FILED: In California, a federal lawsuit filed against Sanofi™ alleges that not only did Sanofi™ know of the permanent alopecia risks, but actively tried to hide and conceal these risks while falsely marketing Taxotere® as a more effective chemotherapy drug -- which the FDA warned was not true.
"Defendants [preyed] on one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals at the most difficult time in their lives. Defendants obtained billions of dollars in increased revenues at the expense of unwary cancer victims simply hoping to survive their condition and return to a normal life."
LAWSUIT FILED: In US District Court, Northern District of Ohio, another lawsuit has been filed against Sanofi™ alleging that the drug maker led patients and doctors to believe hair would generally grow back, when they knew otherwise...
"Although alopecia is a common side effect related to chemotherapy drugs, permanent alopecia is not. Defendants, through its publications and marketing material, misled Plaintiff, the public, and the medical community to believe that, as with other chemotherapy drugs that cause alopecia, patients' hair would grow back."
What To Do If You Experienced Permanent Hair Loss After Being Treated With Taxotere®
The law protects patients from dangerous drugs that can cause serious physical and emotional harm...
If you (or a loved one) were given Taxotere® during chemotherapy which subsequently resulted in permanent hair loss (alopecia), this may be the most important message you will ever read.
Here is why...
Taxotere® has medically been linked to:
- Alopecia Areata (patches of hair)
- Alopecia Totalis (total loss of hair on scalp)
- Alopecia Universalis (loss of hair over entire body)
- ...and other permanent hair loss
When Drug Manufacturers Fail To Properly Warn of Risks, Innocent Patients Become Victims
As a result of the manufacturer of Taxotere® failing to properly warn patients and doctors of these permanent hair loss (alopecia) risks, you or your loved one likely suffered emotional and physical stress, along with unintended financial burdens.
Why should you suffer and be responsible for the stress caused by a drug manufacturer's failure to warn you?
As a victim of a drug manufacturer that potentially FAILED to properly warn you of such permanent hair loss with their medication, you may be entitled to what are called "money damages", which is just a legal term for money awarded from individual lawsuits, settlements and class action lawsuits.
Potential Taxotere® lawsuits are currently being investigated on the grounds that Sanofi™ (maker of Taxotere®)...
- failed to properly warn patients and doctors of the known risk of permanent alopecia
- attempted to hide or conceal the risk of permanent alopecia
- promoted Taxotere®'s alleged superiority with no substantiation
- collaborated in marketing and sales schemes to increase sales of Taxotere®
- concealed the drug's increased toxicity compared to other similar drugs
- used marketing materials that were false or misleading, including unsubstantiated superiority claims and overstatement of drug's efficacy
- told patients and doctors hair generally grows back after use of Taxotere®
- failed to notify the FDA in a timely manner about reports of permanent alopecia
How To Pursue Financial Compensation If You (Or A Loved One) Was Affected...
Our legal team has reviewed the available evidence and our experience tells us that we are in prime position to represent victims effectively who have suffered permanent hair loss, emotional suffering and financial consequences due to the use of Taxotere®.
We are currently accepting cases nationally from all 50 states.
Get A Free Legal Consultation With Our Taxotere® Lawyers Today
For a limited time, our Taxotere® lawsuit lawyers are offering FREE legal consultations to those who may have suffered both physically and emotionally due to permanent alopecia caused by Taxotere®.
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