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Taxotere Class Action Lawsuits

Taxotere lawsuits claim the manufacturer of Taxotere (Sanofi-Aventis) failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of permanent alopecia (loss of hair). Claims are being filed against Sanofi-Aventis by women who have suffered permanent hair loss as a result of being prescribed Taxotere.

Our law firm is accepting clients who took Taxotere and suffered permanent hair loss. If you or a loved one was prescribed Taxotere and suffered hair loss or other side effects, please contact us today for a free consultation from one of our firm’s experienced injury attorneys. 800.229.7704.

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What is Taxotere?

Taxotere® (generic: docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug prescribed primarily for the treatment of breast cancer. One of the side effects faced by patients treated with Taxotere® is permanent hair loss, a side effect that patients were never warned about.

Sanofi-Aventis manufactured Taxotere®, an anti-cancer (“antineoplastic” or “cytotxic”) chemotherapy drug approved to treat breast cancer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. Since its approval, it has been also been approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer, advanced stomach cancer, head and neck cancer, and prostate cancer.

On top of permanent hair loss, Sanofi-Aventis failed to warn patients of this risk and it’s been reported that they purposely hid research linking its side effects to its product. Only after years of reports linking the drug to permanent hair loss did the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) issue a label change for Taxotere (in December 2015).

Taxotere Injuries

Though Taxotere was developed mainly for the treatment of breast cancer, as with all medications, it comes with its own set of side effects and injuries.

The most common and most severe side effect of Taxotere is permanent hair loss, also known as alopecia. Despite its effectiveness in treating cancer, recent studies have shown that approximately 9 percent of breast cancer patients who were prescribed and took Taxotere suffered from alopecia that lasted up to a decade or longer. It’s a well known fact that hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, however, permanent hair loss is not.

Other common side effects of Taxotere are listed as follows:

  • Infection
  • Anemia
  • Burning, numbness or tingling sensation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Myalgia
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Thinning of the nails
  • Pain in the arms, hands legs or feet
  • Bodily swelling

If you or a loved one have suffered permanent hair loss or any injury as a result of taking Taxotere®, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and expenses.

Taxotere Lawsuit Information

Breast cancer survivors who were treated with Taxotere are now suffering permanent hair loss, a side effect which the manufacturer did not disclose.

The original Taxotere warning provided: “Once you have completed all your treatments, hair generally grows back.”  This was a false claim.


Claims are now being filed against Sanofi-Aventis by women who have suffered permanent hair loss as a result of being prescribed Taxotere. The legal theory is that if the manufacturer had properly warned of the risks, patients would have been prescribed a different chemotherapy drug called Taxol, which is more effective than Taxotere, and does not result in permanent hair loss.  All cases filed in federal court have been consolidated before one federal judge in New Orleans under a process known as multi-district litigation.

As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving Taxotere and the potential link to permanent hair loss. Litigation likes this takes many years to resolve, with teams of lawyers spending millions of dollars trying to determine exactly what occurred, and how it could have been prevented.

However, our attorneys are currently investigating potential Taxotere lawsuits and are optimistic this litigation will provide justice to our clients. If you were treated with Taxotere and have suffered permanent hair loss following chemotherapy, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact My Vaccine Lawyer now to receive a free case evaluation. 800.229.7704.