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Taxotere, or its generic name, Docetaxel, which was developed by Sanofi-Aventis and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October 2006 as a chemotherapy drug that works by interfering with the cell division process that often results in progressive breast, prostate, lung, head and neck, and stomach or bowel cancer. It is also currently being studied for use in the treatment of other types of cancer.

Drug companies have a responsibility to conduct adequate safety and efficacy trials to ensure that their product is safe for its intended use and other reasonable uses. They also have a duty to report any harmful effects discovered after the product has hit the marketplace. Unfortunately, many consumers are nonetheless injured by dangerous drugs, like Taxotere.

If a person has taken Taxotere and experienced harmful effects, a dangerous drugs lawyer can help them pursue compensation from the drug company that they need in order to pay medical bills and other costs they may have that stem from the injury caused by the drug.

Side Effects

The most common side effects associated with Taxotere are nausea and vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, watering eyes, dizziness, loss of appetite, fluid retention, drowsiness, and fatigue. Some people may experience an allergic reaction.

However, the side effects can also be much more severe and can even result in death for some patients, especially those with preexisting liver or kidney disease or damage.

Current Actions Against Taxotere for Undisclosed Risks

Many pending lawsuits against the makers of Taxotere allege that the drug causes permanent hair loss, or alopecia. While most people know that chemotherapy frequently causes temporary hair loss, this upsetting symptom of the cancer-fighting drugs typically subsides when chemotherapy is complete. In fact, this is the case with many other chemotherapy drugs. Taxotere, however, can cause permanent hair loss.

This was not disclosed to doctors or consumers when the drug entered the US marketplace. Some consumers allege that the drug makers of Taxotere reportedly told consumers that the hair loss was expected to be temporary and that most of their hair would generally grow back once treatment was complete.

Legal investigators are currently looking into whether the makers of Taxotere misled consumers intentionally or suppressed clinical trials or other evidence that showed the high risk of permanent hair loss.

In support of this claim, plaintiffs in one Taxotere lawsuit are pointing to the fact that the Federal Drug Administration issued warnings in Europe and Canada as far back as 2005 as proof that the drug makers were aware of the risks of alopecia.

Contacting a Lawyer

If a person or their loved one are experiencing devastating side effects after taking Taxotere, it is important that they speak with an experienced attorney right away who can help them fight to hold the drug company responsible for its misleading claims.

A knowledgeable attorney understands that while patients may feel grateful that Taxotere is often successful at fighting cancer, this does not take away the duty the drug makers owe to consumers to disclose all potential side effects so that consumers can make an informed decision.