Thousands of lawsuits are pending against manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in a mass tort in Louisiana. The court will hear the first cases in 2019. The plaintiffs who filed these suits claim that chemotherapy drug Taxotere and generic docetaxel cause long-term or permanent alopecia—and that the drug company knew they would suffer lasting hair loss but did not warn them adequately.
If your hair never regrew after undergoing cancer treatment with Taxotere or docetaxel, an attorney from Berger and Green will review your case for free. Call a Taxotere lawsuit lawyer today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss Following Chemotherapy Treatment
Sanofi-Aventis’ chemotherapy drug Taxotere became available for cancer patients in 1996. The drug company primarily markets it as a treatment for:
- Breast cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Head and neck cancers
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Metastatic prostate cancer
The chemotherapy medication is often effective as a part of the prescribed cocktail, but the side effects can be life-altering. As early as 2010, there were links between this drug and permanent hair loss among cancer survivors.
- A 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine documented that many of the women in their study never regrew their hair after receiving Taxotere and completing their treatment.
- According to the documents filed in connection with the ongoing mass tort, another study conducted by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in 2014 put a figure of between 10 and 15 percent of cancer survivors who will not regrow their hair within 3.5 years of completing their treatment with Taxotere.
Following these studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a warning about alopecia and permanent hair loss on the Taxotere package inserts and product labels in 2015.
You May Be Eligible to Pursue Damages from the Drug Manufacturer
If you were one of the thousands of cancer survivors who never regrew your hair after undergoing chemotherapy that used Taxotere or a generic version, you might be eligible to join multidistrict litigation or file your own case against the drug manufacturer.
Companies that make and market drugs have a responsibility to do so in a safe, ethical way that ensures those who need the drugs understand both the benefits and the risks. If, as the lawsuit alleges, Sanofi-Aventis knew about the risk of permanent hair loss, it failed inadequately warning cancer patients of all the known risks.
If a Taxotere lawsuit lawyer can reach a fair settlement offer or win an award in court on your behalf, you could recover damages that include:
- Expenses related to hair loss treatments
- Out-of-pocket costs related to your alopecia
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
We will help you document your related expenses and losses, and work closely with you and experts, when necessary, to put a value on the distress, anguish, and suffering this cost you. We understand how much hair loss can affect you both psychologically and socially, and we will fight to help you get the payout you deserve.
The Multidistrict Litigation Includes More than 11,000 Plaintiffs
When the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation saw that more than 1,500 cancer survivors filed suit against the drug company that marketed Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis, it agreed to consolidate the cases into a mass tort. This multidistrict litigation, MDL 2740, is underway in the Eastern District of Louisiana and currently has more than 11,000 plaintiffs involved.
As a part of the MDL process, a single judge oversees the discovery process and any pretrial motions for the entire group of plaintiffs. As of June 2019, the case is in the process of scheduling the initial bellwether cases. These cases offer both sides a good idea about how local judges and juries may react when these cases return to their original jurisdictions.
Berger and Green Can Explain Your Options and Take Legal Action on Your Behalf
A lawyer from Berger and Green may be able to help you take legal action against the makers of Taxotere and pursue compensation for your related damages. We may be able to join the mass tort already in progress, file litigation on our own, or attempt to reach a settlement with the company on your behalf.
We know how to navigate mass torts and what it takes to recover a payout for our clients during an MDL. We can pursue the compensation you deserve and guide you through the process. We will tell you what to expect and be by your side every step of the way.
Our initial consultations are always free, and we also handle defective drug cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay us no attorney’s fees unless we win your case; there are no out-of-pocket fees. Call or text Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 now to get started.
Talk to a Taxotere Lawsuit Lawyer About Your Case
If you underwent cancer treatment that included the drug Taxotere, this medication may be the cause of your permanent or long-term hair loss. The dangerous drug lawyers from Berger and Green understand how difficult it can be to struggle to regain your self-esteem and how something like hair loss can change your self-image. We want to help you and your family while holding the drug manufacturer liable.
Call or text us today at 412-661-1400. Our initial consultations are always free, and there is no obligation to sign up with us or take legal action just because you allow us to review your case.