Being diagnosed with cancer is a devastating experience for anyone. But some cancer patients who took the chemotherapy drug Taxotere are experiencing a second set of injuries due to permanent hair loss. The drug injury lawyers at Jones Ward PLC have decades of combined experience handling complex litigation against giant pharmaceutical companies that make dangerous products. If you or a loved one took Taxotere and experienced permanent hair loss, call us today for a free consultation.
What is Taxotere
Taxotere, the brand name version of Docetaxel, is part of a family of drugs called Taxanes that come from the yew plant. Taxotere is infused intravenously as part of chemotherapy treatment. Originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996, it is a competitor with Taxol, which gained approval four years earlier. But unlike its competitor, Taxotere carries a high risk of permanent alopecia, or hair loss. One study showed 9.2 percent of Taxotere patients had permanent alopecia ten years after they stopped taking Taxotere. Side effects include patchy hair, loss of eyebrows and eyelashes. A warning about permanent hair loss was added to Taxotere in December 2015, but that came too late for thousands of men and women who expected their hair to start growing back a few weeks after chemotherapy ended. For those who did experience permanent hair loss, Taxotere injuries are a permanent reminder of the cancer they worked hard to fight and overcome. It is a scar they do not wish to carry.
Taxotere is used to treat these types of cancer:
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
How much is my Taxotere case worth?
The attorneys at Jones Ward PLC take an individual approach to each case, gathering medical records, photographs, and giving you the personal attention you deserve. Factors such as age, type of cancer, dosage of Taxotere, length of usage, your genetic history and the timing of your Taxotere use will also play a role in the value of your case. The experienced legal team at Jones Ward will handle your case from beginning to end, including trial if necessary.
Where are Taxotere Lawsuits?
Taxotere cases are consolidated in federal court by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which oversees mass tort cases involving dangerous and defective pharmaceutical drugs. More than 750 cases are filed so far, and the number is growing daily. These cases are pending in front of Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt as part of MDL 2740, In Re: Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation, located in Louisiana federal court. An MDL is not a class action. Each client in the MDL retains his or her right to a jury trial, but receives the benefit of greater efficiency and cost savings in a consolidated litigation with hundreds of other injured people. The attorneys at Jones Ward have experience handling dozens of dangerous drug cases, including other cases involving cancer drugs such as Prempro and Premarin. Unlike some law firms that sit on the sidelines, the lawyers at Jones Ward frequently take cases to trial year in and year out. Jones Ward also is part of the discovery team in the Taxotere litigation, tasked with reviewing thousands of documents and other evidence produced by Sanofi-Aventis, the drug’s French manufacturer.
Free consultation today
You can talk to an attorney at no cost as part of our initial free consultation. Jones Ward is pursuing Taxotere cases on a contingency basis, so the costs of litigation are paid by the law firm, and our legal fee is based on the settlement value of your Taxotere case.