Several companies who had a hand in the chemotherapy drug Taxotere were hit by a lawsuit filed by several people for alleged breach of implied warranty, design defect and product liability. They allege the breast cancer treatment caused them to permanently lose their hair.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, names Sanofi U.S. Services Inc.; Winthrop U.S.; Hospira Worldwide LLC; McKesson Packaging; Sandoz Inc.; Accord Healthcare Ltd.; and Does Inc.
The lawsuit was filed by Linda and Robert Rice, Antoinette and Vernon R. Clark, Sonia and Earnest Collins, Bianca and John Conklin, Lynell and Michael Daggs, Madeleine Dwolakowski, Victor H. Musmanno, Karen and David A. Gilyard, Nicole C. and Michael Gorman, Dawn V. and Gretchen Graves, Marjorie Hunt-Bluford and Acy Bluford, as well as several other plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs claim that the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, which treats breast cancer, caused permanent hair loss. They also say that the companies failed to warn patients of this Taxotere side effect.
Taxotere is known chemically as docetaxel. It is used to treat breast, lung, prostate, stomach and head and neck cancer. The drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi, as well as other companies, are facing at least 2,300 lawsuits alleging they failed to warn of the risk of permanent hair loss.
Several Taxotere lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Source: Cook County Record