July 12, 2016 — A woman from Illinois who is permanently bald after Taxotere was used in her breast cancer chemotherapy has filed a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Renita Johnson on June 28, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois — Case No. 1:16-cv-6754.
Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy in October 2011. Her oncologist recommended Taxotere as part of a chemotherapy regimen to stop her cancer from coming back.
Johnson lost her hair during chemotherapy, which is normal. The problem is that it never grew back. This rare side effect, known as alopecia, has been linked to Taxotere. She is now seeking compensation for her disfigurement.
Sanofi-Aventis is accused of over-promoting Taxotere and minimizing important risk information. In fact, the label on Taxotere originally stated that “hair generally grows back” after treatment. In December 2015, the FDA ordered the drug-maker to add “permanent alopecia” to the list of side effects. The label now states:
“In most cases, normal hair growth should return. In some cases (frequency not known) permanent hair loss has been observed.”
In clinical trials sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis, 9.2% of women who received Taxotere in combination with Adriamycin and Cyclophosphamide (TAC regimen) experienced hair loss that persisted in the 10-year follow-up period.
The FDA has already warned Sanofi-Aventis for failing to warn about side effects of Taxotere. In 2009, the drug-maker received a warning letter for ads that “misleadingly overstate the survival benefits of Taxotere” and “minimizing the serious and potentially life-threatening risks.”
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