Q: What is Taxotere and why is it prescribed?
A: Taxotere is an intravenous chemotherapy drug used to fight breast cancer, as well as other cancers. The drug works by attacking cancer cells. Taxotere is often prescribed over other chemotherapy drugs because it is only taken every 3 weeks instead of weekly, which can be convenient for many patients.
Q: What are the side effects of Taxotere?
A: Taxotere has many side effects that are common among chemotherapy treatments including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, feeling weak or tired, muscle pain, temporary hair loss, or fingernail or toenail changes, as well as a low blood count. Unfortunately, the drug may also lead to permanent alopecia, or hair loss, which can leave you physically disfigured and emotionally scarred.
Q: Why did my doctor prescribe treatment with Taxotere if it has these side effects?
A: The FDA recently warned that Taxotere poses the risk of patient’s developing permanent hair loss, which your doctor may not have been aware of at the time he or she prescribed the treatment. Additionally, given the convenience of the drug, that may have also factored into the doctor’s decision to prescribe you with such treatment.
Q: Has any legal action been taken against Taxotere?
A: Yes, lawsuits are being filed across the country against the manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using Taxotere, take action immediately and contact an experienced attorney today.
Q: How do I know if I have a viable case in a Taxotere lawsuit?
A: If you underwent treatment with Taxotere for your breast cancer and are now suffering from permanent hair loss, you may be entitled to compensation.
Q: How long do I have to file a Taxotere lawsuit?
A: Every state has maximum time limitations on when an injury claim must be filed. These time restrictions are known as statutes of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer before the statute of limitation expires, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the entities and persons who may be liable for their injuries.
If you have been potentially injured by the use of Taxotere, your statute of limitations may already have expired, or may expire in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you without us first reviewing the individual facts of your situation.
Q: What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
A: If you believe you are suffering from permanent hair loss after treatment with Taxotere, first see a doctor. You should also report the incident to your physician and the FDA.