As of April 17th, 2017, there were 949 Taxotere Lawsuits pending, and 150 cases filed, or sent to the multidistrict litigation since the panel issued its report in March. The lawsuit is mostly about hair loss that persisted in patients after chemotherapy ended. Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm, is responsible for offering free case reviews to breast cancer patients as well as others whose hair failed to grow back following chemotherapy with Taxotore. The Taxotere litigation battle was set up last October so that all federal cases that were filed could be put in pretrial mode.
Taxotere is a drug marketed by Sanofi-Aventis, initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 to treat breast cancer and other types of cancer. December 2015 however, cases of alopecia were coming up amongst patients who were treated with Taxotere. At least in the European Union and Canada people know about the alopecia risk being heightened while using Taxotere. Taxotere may cause permanent hair loss. Bernstein Liebhard does possess all the necessary legal and financial knowledge to fight billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
More than $3.5 billion dollars has been recovered for clients with Bernstein and Liebhard. Alopecia is caused by the immune system mistaking hair as something it needs to attack. It is common in people younger than 20, but children and adults of any age may be affected. A symptom of alopecia is when clumps of hair falls out from a patient’s scalp and doesn’t grow back. Taxotere is given through a vein, has no pill form, and predictable side effects. There can be other means of minimizing side effects, with the side effects depend on the dose of Taxotere.
Taxotere lawsuits however, are about permanent hair loss that cannot grow back. Taxotere does treat breast cancer as mentioned previously, and is used in combination with other drugs. Taxotere is designed to prevent cell mitosis, or to disrupt cell division. Other Taxotere side effects include neutropenic enterocolitis which is the swelling of the small pouch at the head of the large intestine.
Other side effects include bone, muscle, joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and weakness, fluid retention with weight gain, swollen ankles or abdomen, anemia, low white blood cell count, mouth or throat sores, nail color changes with both fingernails and toenails. Side effects include but are not limited to nausea, peripheral neuropathy, and changes in how food tastes, and irregular periods. Permanent hair loss leaves many women frustrated. Taxotere is mostly used on advanced stage breast cancer that does not respond to doxorubicin. Most cancer patients deal with temporary hair loss but this is usually restored save for the fact that Taxotere doesn’t always restore hair loss and leaves women frustrated at not having hair grow back all the way. Hair really does not grow back in this case, which is why there is a class action lawsuit to get each individual a taxotere lawsuit settlement.