Johnson City Taxotere Attorneys
Did you suffer from irreversible and permanent hair loss after taking the drug Taxotere? If so, the defective drug attorneys of the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC want to hear from you. Our team of compassionate and experienced Taxotere lawyers is ready to listen to your story and help you take decisive legal action against the manufacturer of the drug.
Microtubule inhibitors stabilize or destabilize microtubules and suppress the microtubule dynamics required for cell cycle progression. Taxotere (docetaxel) is a microtubule inhibitor used to prevent cancer cell growth or reproduction and was originally approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1996.
In the 19th WHO Model List of Essential Medicines published by the World Health Organization, docetaxel was listed as a recommended medication for early-stage breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, and metastatic prostate cancer. It was also included as part of standard chemotherapy regimens.
The FDA label for Taxotere notes that the most common adverse reactions to the drug are “infections, neutropenia, anemia, febrile neutropenia, hypersensitivity, thrombocytopenia, neuropathy, dysgeusia, dyspnea, constipation, anorexia, nail disorders, fluid retention, asthenia, pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, mucositis, alopecia, skin reactions,” and myalgia. Alopecia refers to the autoimmune disorder known as alopecia areata that causes one of the most notable side effects of Taxotere for many patients: hair loss. While many patients anticipate hair loss during chemotherapy, this hair loss ends up being permanent.
Did you or your loved one suffer permanent hair loss after using Taxotere in the Greater Johnson City area? Our team of experienced defective drug attorneys is ready to help you hold the manufacturer of the drug accountable for the harm that you’ve suffered. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC have the experience, skill, and resources necessary to take on the major pharmaceutical companies and win. Call us at (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. .
Do I Need a Taxotere Lawyer?
You may have known you could experience hair loss as part of your chemotherapy treatment, but you would never have agreed to use Taxotere if you had known that hair loss would become permanent. Taxotere is commonly used for breast cancer patients, and the effects of permanent baldness can be most emotionally damaging.
Women who suffer from permanent baldness deal with a tremendous amount of shame and embarrassment that lowers their self-esteem and can lead to depression. An attorney will understand the effect that this drug has had on you and can fight to help you get justice.
Sanofi S.A., the maker of Taxotere, will often claim that hair loss was a known side effect and use that to deny liability for any claims it faces. Multiple people all over the country have already filed actions against Sanofi.
A lawyer will know the most advantageous path to take in handling your claim. Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC will negotiate for a fair and full settlement to your case, but we can also file a lawsuit when the manufacturer or its insurance company is not willing to provide adequate compensation.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC to Handle My Case?
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC have been helping victims and families throughout Upper East Tennessee since 1984. We take a team approach to every case, so there are always multiple lawyers offering their insights and experience.
Tony Seaton is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trial Practice with more than three decades of legal experience. He won the Tennessee Association for Justice Paladin Award in 2012, and he has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Robert Bates was named a Top 10 Lawyer Under 40 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2015. He is a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis. You only pay us when you receive a financial award.
Types of Taxotere Cases We Handle
There is no pill form of Taxotere, so it usually administered intravenously. It is typically given every three weeks throughout an hour.
The FDA label notes that Taxotere is used for five types of cancer:
- Breast Cancer — Taxotere was approved in May 1996 for locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in patients who have progressed or relapsed during anthracycline-based adjuvant therapy, and it was approved in June 1998 for patients who failed prior chemotherapy.
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer — Taxotere was given fast-track approval in December 1999 for patients with advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and was approved in November 2002 for use in combination with cisplatin.
- Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer — Docetaxel was approved in May 2004 for use in combination with prednisone for the treatment of metastatic androgen-independent (hormone-refractory) prostate cancer.
- Gastric Adenocarcinoma — Taxotere was approved in May 2004 for use in combination with prednisone for the treatment of advanced metastatic prostate cancer.
- Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma — Taxotere was approved in October 2006 for inoperable, locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).
The FDA label also includes this list of adverse reactions observed in 744 patients treated with Taxotere:
- Fever in the absence of infection
- Febrile neutropenia
- Neutropenic infection
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Fluid Retention
- Peripheral edema
- Weight gain
- Neuropathy sensory
- Neuro-cortical reactions
- Neuropathy motor reactions
- Neuro-cerebellar reactions
- Skin toxicity
- Nail disorders
- Taste perversion
- Abdominal Pain
- Cardiac dysrhythmia
In December 2015, the FDA added information on permanent or irreversible alopecia to two sections of the package insert and the patient package insert of Taxotere labeling. Just like any autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s body, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that affects the hair follicles.
Taxotere labeling warns about hair loss, but the warnings were not always present. Even with labeling warnings, many patients believe that they were never cautioned that their hair loss could end up becoming permanent.
Taxotere is often prescribed, despite the low-potency Taxol being a much more effective form of treatment. In 2009, the FDA sent a warning letter to Sanofi regarding Taxotere marketing after promotional materials misleadingly suggested that “Taxotere is superior to paclitaxel in the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior chemotherapy, and overstate the efficacy of Taxotere.” The agency said it was unaware of substantial evidence to support these claims.
Frequently Asked Questions About Taxotere Injuries
Did the harmful side effects of Taxotere cause you lasting harm? If so, you don't have to suffer silently. Let our defective drug attorneys put their experience to work for you. We are available to answer questions any time, so call us at (423) 282-1041 to schedule a FREE consultation. Have some general questions about Taxotere side effects? Read the answers to some frequently asked questions below:
Most Taxotere claims are filed against its maker, Sanofi S.A. You could also file a lawsuit against your doctor or health care provider if they prescribed Taxotere to you without informing you of all of the possible side effects. It is always beneficial to have an experienced lawyer review your case to determine all possible liable parties.
The American Academy of Dermatology states that there is no cure for alopecia areata. A dermatologist could prescribe one or more treatments to help hair regrow more quickly. Possible treatments could include corticosteroids, which suppresses the immune system and come in the form of a cream, lotion, ointment, or tablet. Minoxidil may help some patients regrow hair. Other possible treatments can include anthralin, diphencyprone, or others.
A settlement is usually intended to cover all possible expenses a victim has incurred or will incur. If a case goes to trial, a victim who successfully proves their case could be awarded compensatory damages, which are often a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the tangible costs relating to a case, such as medical expenses or lost wages, while noneconomic damages are much more subjective and include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
A study published by the American Association of Cancer Research involved questionnaires being sent in October 2013 to patients who had received docetaxel during 2010. The response rate was 71 percent, with 134 of the 189 surveys returned.
Of the respondents, 99 patients (74.4 percent) had no significant scalp hair loss, 21 (15.8 percent) had significant scalp hair loss, 13 (9.8 percent) gave equivocal responses, and one patient did not answer the scalp hair loss question. The study found that 16 patients were using products, such as wigs or hair extensions; five patients reported no regrowth of eyebrows; two patients reported no eyelash regrowth; six reported no regrowth of nostril hair; and 14 reported no regrowth to other parts, including legs.
The study's authors wrote, “Patients’ observations regarding the social and emotional consequences of permanent hair loss confirmed a significant impact on quality of life."
In May 2012, the Annals of Oncology published a study of 20 white female patients following a breast cancer diagnosis. The results noted that the overall mean Dermatology Life Quality Index score “reflected the distressing psychological consequences in the patients’ lives.”
The study found that no spontaneous regrowth of the scalp hair was noted with treatment that included vitamins, minoxidil, psoralen, and ultraviolet light. Therapy and spironolactone also proved to be ineffective.
Contact a Johnson City Taxotere Attorney Today
If you or your loved one suffered permanent hair loss or another injury after using Taxotere in the Greater Johnson City area, you may not be able to find a cure, but you can get some measure of justice. An experienced lawyer will know how to help you hold the drugmaker accountable for the pain and suffering their product has caused.
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC are committed to helping every client recover as much compensation as possible. Our attorneys will help you understand all of your legal options when you call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.