Taxotere, also called docetaxel, was originally developed by the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Avetis. In 1996, it was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug was created to help combat breast cancer, but it is also often used as a drug in chemotherapy cocktails for other types of cancers.
In the beginning, it was marketed as a drug that was superior to the competition, with no serious side effects. However, over the past 20 years, it was discovered that the drug was not superior to the competition and that it was the only drug of its class to result in permanent alpocia, hair loss, as a potential complication.
Some of the other side effects resulting from taking Taxotere include:
- Joint, muscle, or bone pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Weakness and fatigue
- Low white or red blood cell count
- Fluid retention leading to weight gain or swelling in the abdominal region and ankles
- Throat or mouth sores
- Changes in the appearance of the nails
- Taste changes
- Peripheral neuropathy
Important Information for Taxotere Lawsuit Defendants
Taxotere has been known to cause alopecia for quite a while. In fact, this is a complication that extends to the time when the drug was first introduced. However, when the FDA approved the drug, the company didn’t report that alopecia was a potential side effect of the drug.
For the next decade, several studies about Taxotere were focused on the debate regarding if the claims Sanofi-Aventis made about the drug’s superiority were true. The claims they made were based on the manipulation of the drug’s taxane base, which was considered more lethal than other drugs available.
However, according to the studies used to test these theories there was no proof that showed when the base was manipulated that it was more effective at treating cancer. As a result, the FDA sent a warning letter to Sanofi Aventis in 2009 that required the company to stop the marketing practice they deemed deceptive.
Additional studies followed that created the widespread knowledge among the public about the potential for alopecia after taking the drug. At this point, however, thousands of people had taken the drug and were at risk for this unpleasant side effect.
Why File a Taxotere Lawsuit?
Today, the effects are Taxotere are well documented. The results of alopecia can be extremely psychologically damaging to those who have already gone through an intensive cancer treatment process. As a result, filing a lawsuit to receive compensation is often necessary. The top four reasons to do this include:
- A no-fee guarantee
- Backing of 20 years of medical studies
- Help from a professional legal team
- Ability to secure stability through compensation
If you have taken taxotere in the past during cancer treatment, then you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. Speaking with an attorney may be the best way to determine if you have grounds to receive compensation.