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Do You Have a Taxotere Side Effect Lawsuit?

A woman in Oklahoma overcame a battle for her life against breast cancer. She knew that a symptom of undergoing chemotherapy was that she would lose her hair. Six years have elapsed since she has had any detectable cancer; however, her hair never grew back. She saw a post on social media stating that the drug Taxotere, which she was prescribed, has been shown to cause permanent baldness, formally known as persistent chemotherapy-induced alopecia. She has recently joined a lawsuit consisting of over 200 women in a U.S court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging that the manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, was aware of the problem, yet did not warn users.

What Is Taxotere?

Taxotere is the brand name for docetaxel, which is an anti-mitotic that was approved by the FDA in 1996. The majority of cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy become temporarily bald. This side effect stems from the way chemo affects hair follicles, creating a thinning pattern. In most cases, patients will begin to regain hair growth shortly after the treatment is completed.

Manufacturer Awareness

In or around 2005, the European Medicine Agency detected this pattern of lasting baldness among patients that were administered Taxotere. The majority used the product as part of therapy for lung, breast, or prostate cancer. Many were unable to regrow hair, despite using products to promote growth like minoxidil and ultraviolet light. Further reports affirmed these results, but a warning label was not added to Taxotere until 2015. Many victims are quite distressed and have losses of self-esteem, as well as bouts with depression and anxiety stemming from the problem. Court documentation reveals that Sanofi-Aventis was aware of this problem, and had begun notifying physicians and patients oversees; however, they chose not to do so within the U.S.

Manufacturer’s Defense

The manufacturer claims that delays within the regulatory process are partially to blame. Sanofi-Aventis says that as early as 2004 they submitted a request for changes to the labeling to disclose the problem which occurs in roughly 9% of patients.

The case is currently underway, and the victims are eager to obtain compensation.

Product Liability in North Carolina

North Carolina law has a statute about product liability that relates to this Taxotere suit, concerning claims which are based on the inadequacy of warning labels. In order to prove that a manufacturer or seller is liable, plaintiffs must determine that the failure to inform was the cause of harm and must also prove one of these to be true:

  • When the product left the manufacturer it did not warn or instruct that the product created a dangerous condition that the manufacturer was aware of (or should have been) that could pose a substantial risk of harm.
    ---OR---
  • After the product left the manufacturer, they became aware of the risk and failed to provide warning or instructions of the risk of harm.

One exception is when the product has open, obvious, or commonly known risks. The other exception in cases of prescription products is when the manufacturer does not provide warnings directly to the consumer, but has warned the physician or other authorized prescriber or dispenser in accordance with the FDA.

Have you or a loved one been prescribed Taxotere as part of a cancer treatment plan and been unable to regrow hair? The product liability legal team at Rhine Law Firm, P.C., has been advocating for consumers who have been victims of harmful products in North Carolina for many years. Take the first step toward seeking justice by contacting a North Carolina Taxotere lawyer at the office today for a consultation at (866) 772-9960.

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