October 27, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
When a patient develops cancer, there are various treatment options that may be considered. One of these is Taxotere, a medication that disrupts the body’s growth and spread of cancer cells. It is often used to treat various types of cancer, including lung, stomach, prostate, head, neck, or breast cancers. The medication has been widely popular since it was introduced on the market, but now, it is under some scrutiny from patients who have used the product.
Unfortunately, news has come up regarding the association between the use of Taxotere and the development of permanent alopecia. Lawsuits have already been brought forth alleging the manufacturer of the drug failed to warn patients, defectively designed the drug, and breached express warranty due to the side effects.
Alopecia is a condition in which the individual loses their hair due to the immune system mistakenly identifying the hair follicles as bad, attacking them and causing damage to the follicle. It is unknown why the immune system attacks the follicles and usually it is not a permanent issue, but the reports associated with Taxotere use allege permanent loss.
In one of the lawsuits, the manufacturer was alleged to have designed, developed, manufactured, advertised, sold, and promoted Taxotere in a matter that was either dangerous or did not disclose of the potential dangers. They were also accused of failing to provide warning, or proper instructions to reduce the risk of alopecia.
In many cases, plaintiffs may be able to seek monetary compensation to cover the associated expenses as a result of the alopecia. This may include attorney fees, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If this has happened to you, it is important to understand there may be legal rights and options available to you in order to hold the negligent party accountable. Our Houston Taxotere attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. are accepting clients who may have been affected by this medication. We encourage you to discuss your potential lawsuit with us and learn more about what you may be able to do to take action.
If you feel you have developed alopecia after taking Taxotere, call our firm today.