Taxotere: WOmen with cancer have suffered permanent hair loss from taxotere
Over 1000 Taxotere Lawsuits Filed
Update: May 19, 2017
There are now over 1000 lawsuits filed in the Taxotere MDL. About half of these cases involve generic and quasi-generic manufacturers. The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com have written before about the challenges that generic drugs can pose. We have now learned that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) has allowed claims involving generic docetaxel to be included in the Taxotere MDL.
Judge Sarah S. Vance, Chair of the JPMDL, stated in a letter that the consolidated litigation does include lawsuits against both name-brand and generic forms of the drug. Taxotere, manufactured by Sanofi, lost its patent protection in late 2010. The plaintiffs charge that they experienced permanent hair loss following treatment with Taxotere. While Taxotere was first approved to treat breast cancer in 1996, it wasn’t until December 2015 that mention of permanent alopecia (hair loss) was included on the drug’s U.S. label.
While hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, the plaintiffs allege that Taxotere is more likely to result in the permanent loss of hair compared to other equally effective drugs. They also claim that Sanofi-Aventis has long provided information about the potential for permanent alopecia to cancer patients in Canada and Europe. However, Taxotere’s U.S. label only included a warning that “hair generally grows back.” The plaintiffs allege that this warning is vague and insufficient.
The Taxotere lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are hopeful that the defense will focus less on preparing for trial and more on resolving the cases. If you took Taxotere and suffered permanent hair loss as a result, contact us for a free consultation.
Update: April 21, 2017
The Taxotere attorneys at TheLawFirm.com have learned that US District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt has ordered a ‘science day’ in the Taxotere litigation. This litigation involves the allegations that Taxotere caused permanent hair loss among cancer patients. A science day is where a trial judge is taught the scientific issues, methodologies and vocabularies of the scientific issues in the litigation before them.
Taxotere was first approved to treat breast cancer in 1996 but it wasn’t until December 2015 that mention of permanent alopecia (hair loss) was included on the drug’s U.S. label. The manufacturer had been warning women in Europe and Canada of this risk before 2015. The plaintiffs in the Taxotere lawsuits claim that Taxotere is more likely to result in the permanent loss of hair compared to other chemotherapy drugs.
Judge Engelhardt has appointed plaintiff and defense settlement committees and called on the parties to focus less on preparing for trial and more on resolving the cases. The Taxotere attorneys at TheLawFirm.com hope the manufacturer of Taxotere compensates the thousands of women who suffered permanent baldness. If you took Taxotere, and now suffer from permanent baldness, contact the Taxotere attorneys at TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.
Update: March 20, 2017
Lawsuits filed on behalf of women who allege they experienced permanent hair loss (alopecia) due to Taxotere chemotherapy continue to move forward. Over 750 of these cases are now consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
The Judge responsible, Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt, has issued two more Pretrial Orders. In December, 2016, when there were far less cases filed in the MDL, Judge Engelhardt appointed plaintiff and defense settlement committees. This appointment suggests that the Court would prepare the parties to focus less on preparing for trial and more on resolving the cases.
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com assert that these cases should resolve because we believe that Taxotere is more likely to result in the permanent loss of hair compared to other equally effective drugs. What makes it worse is that Sanofi-Aventis provided information regarding the potential for permanent hair loss to individual patients and regulatory agencies in Europe and Canada. Yet the U.S. label for Taxotere only included a generic, vague, and insufficient warning that “hair generally grows back”.
Update: February 23, 2017
The world continues to take notice of the dangers of Taxotere (a version of docetaxel), with the Institut Curie discontinuing use of the controversial drug last week. The Institut Curie, headquartered in Paris, is one the world’s leading media research centers specializing on the treatment of cancer.
The Feb. 16 press release said five fatal cases had of patients treated with Taxotere had been reported to the ANSM, France’s FDA equivalent, since August 2016, with the coming on Feb. 4.
"As a precaution, given the occurrence within an unusually short period of time, of these two similar cases at the Institut Curie and those at other healthcare facilities in France, the Institut Curie has stopped using docetaxel to treat breast cancer. It has been replaced with paclitaxel," reads the press release.
This is the just the latest blow for Taxotere defenders who have been faced with an avalanche of lawsuits in court regarding permanent hair loss from cancer patients who were given the chemotherapy drug during treatment but were not properly warned of its dangers. Hardly a new drug, Taxotere just “celebrated” 20 years of being on the U.S. market.
Taxotere is manufactured and advertised by Sanofi-Aventis as a breast cancer treatment drug and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in May 1996. Sanofi-Aventis has marketed Taxotere as a safe, effective, and superior drug treatment when compared to other chemotherapy drugs. However, prior to its approval, Taxotere had actually been recommended for rejection by the FDA in 1994 due to its toxicity.
Lawsuits claim that Sanofi-Aventis has been aware of reports and studies linking Taxotere to permanent hair loss after chemotherapy since as far back as its approval in 1996.
TheLawFirm.com is now accepting cases for women who suffered permanent hair loss as a result of taking the breast cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere. It is estimated that 75% of breast cancer patients were given Taxotere®. Unfortunately, 6.3% of Patients given Taxotere experienced permanent hair loss. In December 2015, the FDA issued a Taxotere label change warning of potential permanent hair loss.
TheLawFirm.com asserts that, despite having knowledge of the risk of permanent baldness, Taxotere manufacturer failed to adequately warn women or the medical community of this permanent side-effect. We believe that there were other, equally effective, drugs available to fight cancer that did not carry this result.
In fact, in 2009, the FDA demanded that Sanofi-Aventis (the manufacturer) stop marketing Taxotere as having better results than the competitor's’ drug - the same drug the Institut Curie switched to in mid-February.
However, Taxotere lawsuits allege that, despite knowledge of their drug’s connection with permanent chemotherapy hair loss, Sanofi chose to conceal this information from patients and the medical community.
Lawsuits allege that because Sanofi-Aventis marketed Taxotere as similarly safe and effective to other chemotherapy drugs, despite the increased risk of alopecia, thousands of patients have been exposed to Taxotere side effects, including permanent Taxotere hair loss risk.
Have you been the victim of side effect from Taxotere and want to speak to a qualified attorney about relief? TheLawFirm.com has specialized attorneys working specifically with clients on these claims who will give you a 100% no-cost, risk-free evaluation. Contact us today to learn more.
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Federal multi-district litigation is about to get underway in the US District Court in New Orleans for the recently consolidated product liability lawsuits alleging that the chemo drug Taxotere caused permanent hair loss.
Before the MDL was created, lawsuits had began to be filed in Federal courts across the country, alleging that Taxotere caused permanent hair loss (alopecia) in women. Although hair loss is a common temporary side effect of chemotherapy, permanent alopecia is not.
These suits allege that the manufacturer (Sanofi) failed to update the warnings for Taxotere, failed to show the results of additional studies despite learning the facts about the risks of Taxotere, fraudulently concealed the fact that Taxotere caused permanent alopecia unlike other chemo drugs used for the treatment of breast cancer and engaged in a fraudulent marketing scheme, which involved paying kickbacks and providing other unlawful incentives to entice physicians to prescribe Taxotere.
These cases have now been consolidated into the Federal court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. About 90 cases are pending in the MDL In Re: Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2740. US District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt issued Pretrial Order 1 on October 13, 2016, announcing that he will convene the Initial Case Management Conference on November 10, 2016. The order directs that the parties submit proposed discovery plans that contain expert discovery deadlines, and a suggested schedule for joinder of parties, amendment of pleadings and consideration of class action allegations by November 2nd.
Although Taxotere has been on the market for two decades, it was only in December 2015 that the manufacturer began warning women in the US about the possibility of permanent hair loss.
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com will continue to monitor the orders issued by the Court.
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More About Taxotere
ThelawFirm.com attorneys are actively investigating the cancer drug Taxotere.
To be honest, we were incredibly skeptical when we heard about this. We heard that it is a drug used to treat cancer victims and it can cause permanent hair loss.
Click on our Taxotere FAQ's video below for more detailed information.
Our initial thought was that if it saved a life who could complain? Hair loss seems like a silly thing to sue over if you are alive because of the drug.
However, as we investigated a little more, we learned additional facts that now suggest our initial reaction was not correct.
• The first thing to know is that cancer is not an automatic death sentence.
• Yes, it is incredibly scary. But the mortality rate of many cancers, if caught early, is actually quite low.
• For example, the 5-year relative survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage I breast cancer is close to 100%. For women with stage II breast cancer, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 93%. Other cancers are equally survivable.
Therefore, the premise that you need a particular drug just to stay alive is wrong.
That is where our initial reaction started to unravel. What we discovered was that an equally effective drug was available that did not cause permanent hair loss.
What makes this ugly is that the manufacturer of Taxotere did not warn anyone.
This is particularly harmful to women. If a man goes bald, it is not necessarily a big deal. But if you are a 35 year old woman who has stage I breast cancer and take Taxotere and then go bald for life (and long after your cancer is gone) that IS a big deal.
What makes it worse is that in Europe and Canada the manufacturer started warning patients about the possibility of permanent hair loss. So why not in the United States? Why not at least give women the choice?
That is often the complaint from TheLawFirm.com. Talcum powder is another perfect example. Even if the possibility is small, why doesn’t Johnson and Johnson at least tell women that there is some chance that using talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer? Allow them to choose to use it.
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