Taxotere is the trade name under which the French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi markets the chemotherapy medication Docetaxel. In 2010, worldwide sales of this medication exceeded three billion dollars. Approximately 2,250,000 female breast cancer patients in the United States have been treated with Taxotere since the Food and Drug Administration first approved the drug for use in 2004.
Taxotere and Hair Loss
Taxotere is an antineoplastic agent. Its cancer-fighting properties are related to its ability to interfere with cell division in fast-growing cancer cells.
Its antimitotic properties may also affect other fast-growing cells in the human body such as hair follicles. While hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, for the vast majority of patients, hair grows back once the treatment is finished. In as many as nine percent of breast cancer patients treated with Taxotere, however, that hair loss can last for as long as a decade or more.
One of the most psychologically difficult aspects to breast cancer is the alteration in body image that so frequently accompanies the disease. Many women become severely depressed following mastectomies. Hair loss can intensify anxieties related to altered body image, which may exacerbate depression and negatively impact a recovering patient’s quality of life.
Pharmaceutical companies have a legal and ethical responsibility to disclose information about side effects to patients, however, so patients can factor the information in as part of an informed consent. There is evidence that Sanofi’s own research uncovered the link between the use of the medication and permanent hair loss, and chose not to disclose this information to prospective patients.
Why You Need a Lawyer
If you’ve been affected by permanent hair loss or alopecia as the result of Taxotere treatments, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your physical loss and emotional suffering. A Taxotere lawyer from GKBM has the experience and the specialized knowledge to help you safeguard the rights to which the law entitles you in this matter.
Product liability claims such as legal actions against Sanofi, the manufacturers of Taxotere, fall under the category of personal injury claims. For nearly half a century, the law firm of Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC (GKBM) has been one of the leading personal injury law firms in the Memphis Tri-State Area. Our track record for the successful resolution of product liability cases is impressive.
Our staff includes 11 attorneys who are licensed to practice in Mississippi and Arkansas as well in Tennessee. Our attorneys are supported by a team of nearly two dozen ancillary professionals. We have the experience and the resources to protect your interests against large corporations like Sanofi that will do anything they can to minimize their losses even against plaintiffs who’ve suffered grievous injuries at their hands.
What GKBM Can Do for You
GKBM offers free initial consultations during which a representative from our firm will sit down with you to help you evaluate the strength of your claim against the manufacturers or distributors of Taxotere. If we find that the facts of your situation are compelling enough to move forward, we’ll never charge an upfront fee to represent you. Instead, we’ll take a percentage of any compensation you may recover. If you aren’t awarded damages, we won’t charge you.
A Taxotere lawyer from GKBM will develop a legal strategy that’s customized to meet the specific facts of your situation and is designed to help you recover the maximum amount to which you are entitled either as a settlement or as the result of a trial. We understand both the medical issues underlying your claim and the laws that regulate those medical issues, and we’ll work hard to uncover the evidence that tells your story most convincingly.
We’ll make sure that the many types of paperwork that must be submitted pursuant to your claim are filed before their deadlines. Our experienced product liability attorneys will also identify all potential defendants in the chain of distribution who share liability for your injuries, which may be able to increase the amount of compensation.
When you become a GKBM client, the team of professionals that’s assigned to your case will always include one experienced trial attorney. Whenever you have questions or concerns about your case, we will always make the time to sit down and address them with you. We’ll treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve during this stressful time in your life.
If you or a loved one has suffered the humiliation of alopecia because you were treated with Taxotere and its full spectrum of side effects were not disclosed to you, contact the law firm of Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, at 901-526-2126, and let us help.