A Minnesota woman who allegedly suffered permanent hair loss or “alopecia” after undergoing chemotherapy treatment with Taxotere (generic: docetaxel) has filed a product liability lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered permanent hair loss, alopecia or balding after chemo with Taxotere, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
August 19, 2016 – Plaintiff Kristin Anderson states that she began chemotherapy with Taxotere in March 2009, after being diagnosed with Stage IIA invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Anderson claims she expected temporary hair loss as a side effect of her 4 rounds of chemo; however, by October 2010, she began to suspect the hair loss might be permanent.
It was not until Anderson’s oncologist raised the issue with her earlier this year that she realized permanent alopecia was a potential side effect of Taxotere. It was then that she filed a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis. Plaintiff alleges the company failed to warn of the risk of permanent hair loss or alopecia with Taxotere, and falsely marketed the drug as superior to other chemo treatments with no scientific evidence to back this claim.
According to the complaint, Taxotere’s increased potency over other chemo drugs like Taxol (paclitaxel) allowed Sanofi to obtain a patent on the drug, which Anderson describes as “not novel but instead only more dangerous.”
Anderson states that as a result of her alopecia, she has suffered severe and permanent injuries that have caused her both economic and noneconomic losses. She has suffered mental anguish and severe emotional distress that have required psychological counseling and expensive medical treatments, leaving her with “impairment of the quality and enjoyment of life,” according to the lawsuit.
Plaintiff claims that in some cases, women with breast cancer might be willing to risk permanent alopecia if the treatment gave them the best odds for recovery. However, this has not been the case with Taxotere. Additionally, the lack of a warning about permanent hair loss has left thousands of women unknowingly vulnerable to this side effect.
As a result of her injuries, Anderson is seeking both compensatory and statutory damages for her injuries. The complaint was filed August 3 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Do I Have a Taxotere Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Taxotere lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new hair loss and alopecia cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Taxotere side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.