More Taxotere Lawsuits Expected to Be Filed in California
You may have seen advertisements for Taxotere lawsuits in California. These are just the latest in a number of mass tort cases being filed against drug manufacturers in the United States. When a drug proves to be dangerous, patients have a right to file suit against the manufacturers.
Most of these cases are treated as mass tort cases. This means that a number of plaintiffs are joined into one lawsuit against the company who makes the drug. The case is presented at one time and, if you win, the settlement money is divided amongst the plaintiffs.
Taxotere cases are special because of the type of drug it is. Taxotere is a drug commonly given to people suffering from cancer. It’s an intravenous drug used to treat breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and head/neck cancer.
Naturally, when people are undergoing chemotherapy, one of their biggest fears is losing their hair. They’re already dealing with so much, going bald feels like they’re adding insult to injury. So, when people realized that Taxotere caused hair loss, they wanted justice.
What is the Problem with Taxotere?
Taxotere has many negative side effects. In addition to the typical side effects (such as nausea), the drug apparently causes permanent hair loss. Now, people struggling with cancer have often found themselves losing their hair. However, hair loss is rarely, if ever, permanent.
For those patients who take Taxotere, however, the hair loss is often permanent. The last thing cancer patients should have to worry about is something like this. As a result, thousands of people have filed suit against the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, Inc.
Don’t Many Cancer Drugs Cause Hair Loss?
Many cancer drugs do indeed cause hair loss. When a patient discusses their treatment options with their doctor, they usually discuss the side effects of each option. Most cancer drugs do cause many negative side effects. These side effects include:
- Low Appetite
- Easily Bruised
- Temporary Hair Loss
When a patient decides on a course of treatment, he or she has weighed the pros and cons. They expect a lot of discomforts This is unavoidable. Since most patients are going to choose some form of treatment, they accept the fact that they’ll have to deal with the side effects.
With Taxotere, it’s not so much that the drug causes permanent hair loss that’s the problem. The problem is that Sanofi-Aventis specifically writes on their literature that the patient’s hair will grow back. Studies have found that as many as 15% of people who take Taxotere, they suffer permanent hair loss.
The Taxotere lawsuits filed against Sanofi-Aventis claim that the company was well aware of the risk associated with their product but chose to deceive the public.
Does a Los Angeles Mass Tort Lawyer Have Evidence That the Manufacturer Knew of the Risk?
When Sanofi-Aventis marketed their drug, they specifically stated that the drug may cause temporary hair loss. In fact, they as much as guaranteed doctors that their patients’ hair would grow back after time.
Even the company’s website reassured patients that their hair loss would not be permanent. When patients reviewed their treatment options, they relied on this information. They wanted to know, specifically, if their hair would grow back after treatment.
As more and more women started to live longer after treatment, it became clear that this isn’t true. Many women’s hair loss was permanent. It took years to discover this because, for a while, cancer patients weren’t living long enough to know this.
There is proof that Sanofi-Aventis was aware that their drug caused permanent hair loss as early as 2005. This is when they warned clients in Europe of the risk. It wasn’t until ten years later that the company warned people in the United States.
So, for ten years the company was well aware that their drug caused permanent hair loss. They just chose not to tell people in the U.S. and in Canada. And, when you consider the millions of dollars they made during this time, it makes sense. They weren’t about to risk losing that profit. They’d rather risk the chance of Taxotere lawsuits being filed against them.
There’s also evidence that the FDA sent a notice to the company back in 2009 indicating that they were guilty of misbranding. They advised the company that they were not being honest when they claimed that their product was safer than other options. This included their claims that any hair loss suffered would only be short-term.
Mass tort lawyer is relying on these warnings provided in Europe to prove their cases. This evidence proves that the defendant knew exactly what they were doing. They chose to continue to lie about the effects of their drug in order to make a profit.
Contact a Mass Tort Lawyer in California Today
If you or a loved one have used Taxotere and experienced long-term or permanent hair loss, contact a mass tort lawyer specializing in Taxotere Lawsuits in Los Angeles today. Although there is a question as to just how much your damages will be, you’re still entitled to compensation.
Your lawyer is going to fight to get you the compensation you deserve. The defendant will claim that hair loss is nothing compared to surviving cancer. They claim that their drug does do what it’s intended to – battle cancer. They have tried to downplay the issue of permanent hair loss. But – tell that to a woman in her 20s who will never have hair again.
Call and schedule your free initial consultation with a Los Angeles mass tort lawyer today. He can review your case and let you know if you qualify for a mass tort claim. He can also let you know what your case may be worth.
The drug companies have lawyers working for them and so should you. The consultation is free and you pay nothing until you settle your claim.