June 16, 2016 — The number of Taxotere lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis continues to grow as more women come forward to report permanent hair loss after breast cancer chemotherapy.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on June 2, 2016 — Tolefree v. Sanofi-Aventis, Case No. 3:16-cv-00412.
The plaintiff, Christine Tolefree, is a resident of Mississippi who was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast in May 2014. While discussing treatment options with her doctor, she says she was never warned that Taxotere can cause permanent baldness.
Tolefree underwent chemotherapy that included Taxotere. After completing treatment, her hair did not grow back. She continues to suffer from disfiguring baldness as of early 2016.
In the last few months, dozens of breast cancer survivors have come forward to report permanent alopecia. They accuse Sanofi-Aventis of over-stating the benefits of Taxotere and minimizing risk information.
Until recently, the label on Taxotere reassured patients that hair “generally grows back” after completing treatment. The label now states, “In some cases (frequency not known) permanent hair loss has been observed.”
In 2009, the FDA warned Sanofi-Aventis for “false and misleading” ads that did not include serious side effects. The agency finally updated the label on Taxotere to include permanent alopecia in December 2015.
The problem is that evidence linking Taxotere and alopecia has been growing for more than a decade. The drug-maker’s own clinical trials found a 9.2% risk of hair loss that persisted in the 10-year follow-up period when Taxotere was combined with Adriamycin and Cyclophosphamide (TAC regimen).
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