August 2, 2016 — Lawyers for women with permanent baldness after using the chemotherapy drug Taxotere have asked judges to centralize dozens of lawsuits into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL).
In a motion (PDF) filed on July 22, lawyers requested the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, where five cases are currently filed. Nationwide, 33 lawsuits have been filed in 16 district courts.
The lead plaintiffs, Veronica Smith and Kelly Gahan, survived breast cancer but were left with permanent alopecia (hair loss) after using Taxotere. They accuse Sanofi-Aventis of failing to warn about the risk until December 2015, when the label was updated.
The MDL process centralizes lawsuits into one court, which improves efficiency and helps avoid conflicting rulings in multiple courts. Unlike a class action, lawsuits in an MDL remain independent. It also allows lawyers to coordinate discovery, trials, and settlements.
Lawyers say thousands more lawsuits could be filed because Taxotere is so widely used and a “significant percentage” of women experience hair loss. While temporary hair loss from chemotherapy is normal, permanent hair loss is not.
They cite two studies linking Taxotere and hair loss — GEICAM 9805, a clinical trial sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis, which found 9.5% of women who used Taxotere in combination with other chemotherapy drugs experienced hair loss that persisted for up to 10 years.
In another study from 2006, a Colorado-based oncologist estimated that 6.3% of women who were given Taxotere, Adriamycin, and Cyclophosphamide (TAC regimen) experienced hair loss for years.
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