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Woman joins lawsuit over permanent baldness with Taxotere

Connie Shatswell knew in 2010 when she took chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer that she would temporarily lose her thick, brown hair. She assumed her hair would grow back once her treatment ended. But she never guessed that she’d wind up permanently bald. No one could explain why Connie’s hair never grew back. It wasn’t until she saw a social media post blaming Taxotere chemotherapy as a possible culprit that she realized it was likely the cause. Connie dug deeper and discovered that five years before she took Taxotere, its manufacturer Sanofi-Aventos conducted a study and found that about ... Read More

Disfiguring Taxotere side effect devastating to women

“I find it interesting that TV ads regularly show men and women lamenting their thinning hair and bald spots with various companies offering treatments and potions to restore their manes. Words like ‘embarrassed,’ ‘devastated,’ ‘humiliated’ and ‘depressed’ are used to describe their feelings,” wrote Beth* in a post on the site A Head of our Time. “When cancer patients use these terms with regards to how they feel about their Taxotere-induced hair loss, they have been ridiculed and maligned and told they should be happy to be alive. What’s the difference? If someone who is genetically predisposed to thin hair ... Read More

Women seek centralization of Taxotere hair loss lawsuits

About 350 women suing Sanofi-Aventis and other drug companies for failing to warn about the risk of permanent hair loss from the breast cancer drug Taxotere are calling for the New Jersey Supreme Court to designate the lawsuits as a multicounty litigation under Superior Court Judge James F. Hyland in Middlesex County. Centralizing the lawsuits was recommended because of the large number of cases and the common issues in their claims. Centralized management would conserve judicial resources, provide all those involved with the benefits of coordinated discovery, and minimize duplication, the petition states. The vast majority of the state lawsuits are ... Read More

Several companies named in Taxotere side effects lawsuit

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, ... Read More

Pennsylvania woman files Taxotere side effects lawsuit

Kathleen Stajduhar knew in 2010 that the chemotherapy she was receiving to treat breast cancer might cause “temporary” hair loss. What she didn’t expect was for her hair never to grow back. Following treatment with the drug Taxotere, Stajduhar was diagnosed with alopecia, or complete and permanent hair loss. Attempts to remedy the condition proved expensive and unsuccessful. In July 2016 – six years after going bald – Stajduhar saw a television commercial notifying her that Taxotere had been linked to cases of permanent hair loss, that the company failed to warn consumers of this risk, and that patients who ... Read More

Several people file lawsuit alleging Taxotere hair loss

Several people have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for their hand in the manufacturing of a breast cancer drug that they allege caused them to permanently lose their hair. The lawsuit accueses Sanofi U.S. Services Inc.; Winthrop U.S.; Hospira Worldwide LLC, McKesson Packaging; Sandoz Inc.; Accord Healthcare; and Does Inc., of alleged breach of implied warranty, design defect and product liability. Those suing the companies are Linda Rice, Robert Rice, Antoinette Clark, Vernon R. Clark, Sonia Collins, Earnest Collins, Bianca Conklin, John Conklin, Lynell Daggs, Michael Daggs, Madeleine Dwolakowski, Victor H. Musmanno, Karen Gilyard, David A. Gilyard, Nicole C. Gorman, ... Read More

Chemotherapy maker faces lawsuits over permanent hair loss claims

Hair loss can be expected with many chemotherapies, with regrowth returning after treatment has stopped. But, many women who received the chemotherapy drug Taxotere for at least six months say they have been unable to grow new hair, a condition called alopecia. Taxotere is used to treat a variety of cancers including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, head and neck, and stomach. It contains the active ingredient Docetaxel and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes. Taxotere works by slowing cell growth. The medication promises to shorten the length of treatment when combined with other therapies. ... Read More

Taxotere linked to fatal intestinal inflammation

The chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to five fatal cases of neutropenic enterocolitis, an inflammation of the mucosa of the small intestines and colon, the French National Drug and Health Product Safety Agency (ANSM) reports. As a result, the Institut Curie in Paris has stopped using the drug in favor of paclitaxel. Neutropenic enterocolitis is also known as typhlitis, an inflammation that affects the cecum, a part of the large intestine near the appendix. It is associated with a low level of neutrophil granulocytes, the most common form of white blood cells. Taxotere targets and kills these types of ... Read More

Natural remedies for hair loss can’t help Taxotere users

Everyone loses some hair, with the loss of 74 to 100 old hairs per day being normal as hairs reach the end of their four- to six-year lifespan. However, some people experience excessive hair loss. This can be caused by autoimmune disease alopecia; damaging hair treatments and styles; side effects of medications such as chemotherapy; as well as changes such as pregnancy, stress, and weight loss. Health issues such as some vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, liver malfunction, and even high blood pressure can also have an effect on your hair, causing unwanted excessive loss. For those who might be dealing ... Read More

What causes female hair loss? How can I protect my hair?

The public is very familiar with hereditary hair loss known as male or female pattern hair loss. They are similarly familiar with hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, although it is less common knowledge that certain chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere for example, can cause permanent rather than temporary baldness. Other causes of hair loss such as autoimmune disorder alopecia areata are becoming more discussed in the public forum. Hair loss does not only affect men. The American Hair Loss Association says, “Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women actually make up forty percent of American hair loss ... Read More