January 17, 2017 — The number of Taxotere lawsuits nearly tripled in the last four weeks, as 438 new lawsuits pushed the total number of cases past 700.
There are now 705 lawsuits involving cancer patients who did not re-grow their hair after chemotherapy with Taxotere, according to an update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
The last update was on December 15, 2016, when there were only 267 Taxotere lawsuits in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2740) in the Eastern District of Louisiana under U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt. The number of lawsuits has skyrocketed since October 2016, when just 33 cases were transferred into his courtroom.
Taxotere lawsuits accuse Sanofi-Aventis of failing to warn cancer patients in the United States about the risk of going permanently bald. The company clearly knew about the risk — warnings about permanent alopecia were added to drug-labels in Canada in 2005, and in Europe in 2012 — but not in the U.S. until December 2015.
The label on Taxotere now states: “In most cases, normal hair growth should return. In some cases (frequency not known) permanent hair loss has been observed.”
Taxotere is a powerful chemotherapy drug with equally serious side effects. It is approved for several types of cancer, but most often used to treat women with breast cancer. Up to one-third of breast cancers are slow-growing and do not need aggressive treatment. Many women say they would have chosen a less-toxic chemotherapy drug if they knew permanent hair loss was a risk.
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