An Oregon Taxotere hair loss lawsuit may be an option for chemotherapy patients who received Taxotere treatments and suffered permanent hair loss. Taxotere is used to treat certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. Although temporary hair loss is a common side effect associated with chemotherapy, Taxotere has been allegedly linked to permanent, disfiguring hair loss. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to pursue a claim and pursue compensation with the help of an Oregon Taxotere hair loss lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for Oregon today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Oregon Taxotere hair loss lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
According to the National Cancer Institute, chemotherapy treatment is used to treat many types of cancer, and for some patients, chemotherapy may be the only kind of treatment used. There are many different types of chemotherapy treatments, and the type of treatment a patient receives will depend on the type of cancer they have as well as other health issues.
Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of rapidly dividing cancer cells. Chemotherapy affects people in different ways. In some cases, patients may feel well enough to maintain normal schedules. Patients are advised to speak with their doctor or health care professional regarding the effects of chemotherapy prior to beginning treatment.
What is Taxotere?
Taxotere is a form of chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer, gastric cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, and head and neck cancer. Taxotere belongs to a class of drugs known as taxanes, chemical compounds originally produced by the plants of the yew tree.
Taxotere Side Effects
Like many forms of chemotherapy treatments, Taxotere may cause side effects. Because chemotherapy kills both cancer cells and healthy cells that divide quickly, damage to healthy cells may cause patients to experience a variety of side effects, including:
- Injection site reactions, such as pain, redness or swelling
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling of weakness or tiredness
- Muscle pain
- Missed menstrual periods
- Temporary hair loss
- Fingernail or toenail changes
Taxotere and Permanent Hair Loss
Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of most chemotherapy treatments. Once chemotherapy treatment has ended, any lost hair usually grows back, however, some patients claim that the use of Taxotere to treat their cancer led to permanent hair loss.
According to Taxotere hair loss lawsuits, permanent baldness is a disfiguring condition, particularly for women. As early as 2005, lawsuits claim that the makers of Taxotere, Sanofi S.A. and Aventis Pharma S.A., knew of studies involving Taxotere and its relationship with permanent hair loss.
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated safety information noting that cases of permanent alopecia had been reported.
Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit Claims
Lawsuits claim that Taxotere users were not presented with an opportunity to make an informed decision as to whether the benefits of the drug were worth the risks associated with the chemotherapy treatment. Furthermore, the makers of Taxotere allegedly engaged in a pattern of deception by overstating the benefits of the treatment as compared to other treatments while simultaneously failing to warn of the risk of permanent hair loss.
Lawsuits also allege that, despite knowledge of the alleged association between the use of Taxotere to treat certain forms of cancer and permanent, disfiguring hair loss, the makers of the drug failed to provide accurate information and adequate warnings to physicians, health care providers, and patients. Instead, lawsuits claim, the makers of Taxotere decided to withhold such information in the United States although they publish information in other countries about the risk of permanent hair loss related to Taxotere.
How a Oregon Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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