Taxotere, also known as docetaxel, is a cancer treatment drug. It is used for some forms of breast and prostate cancer and is known to cause permanent hair loss to patients.Taxotere is injected intravenously and works by preventing the growing and dividing of cancer cells.Permanent hair loss is one of the Taxotere side effects and is causing legal issue for the manufacturer of the drug.
It is normal for patients to have temporary hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatment. However, there are instances where permanent alopecia (hair loss) cases have been reported. Studies done on these cases confirmed a consistency in patients’ prescriptions. Patients who used the Taxotere drug reported cases of permanent hair loss. This led to the assertion that permanent alopeciais more likely associated with using the Taxotere drug.
The Sanofi-Aventis Company manufactures Taxotere. It belongs to a family of drugs called taxanens, which work by inhibiting mitosis. Mitosis is a process of cell growth that occurs through cell division. These taxanens prevent the microtubules, which are structures that help in moving chromosomes in cell division. This mitotic inhibitor is effective in preventing cancerous cells from growing. As such, oncologists for some time have used this drug in breast, head, metastatic prostate, lung, advanced stomach, and neck cancer.
Despite the widespread efficacy of the drug in treatment, there are adverse Taxotere side effects. These side effects include low white blood cell count, which may cause patients to have lower immune system responses and subsequent infections. Other side effects include mouth and throat sores, nausea and numbness in your fingers and toes (peripheral neuropathy) due to the anemic effect. Taxotere side effects also include nausea, high fluid retention leading to weight gain, and ankle swells. Patients have also reported muscle, bone and joint pains leading to fatigue and general body weakness. Finally, patients may suffer from permanent alopecia, which has aggravated many clients who have used the drug.
Currently, there are countrywide lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis Company. The bulk of these suits have been filled by breast cancer survivors. This group of survivors seeks compensation and justice from the company for negligence and misconduct. As a medical supplies provider or drug manufacturer, it is a legal requirement to notify medical doctors of the Taxotere side effects associated with using the supplied drug. In Taxotere’s case, Sanofi-Aventis failed to undertake due diligence. As part of their lawsuit, the survivors argued that if the company had informed them of the hair loss effect, they would have used a different drug. This has resulted in great numbers of breast cancer survivors who used the drug having permanent hair loss.
Alopecia can be embarrassing. Consequently, compensations ought to be extended to those in similar predicaments. If you or someone close suffered a similar case, contact Saunders Lawyers today. You will be freely advised and informed of your options.