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If you have been diagnosed with cancer or know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, chances are you have heard of the drug Taxotere. The drug is manufactured  and marketed by the company Sanofi-Aventis was first approved by the FDA in 1996. Sanofi-Aventis is a major pharmaceutical company based out of France that does business all over the world. The drug that they manufacture, Taxotere, is a popular drug used in chemotherapy across the United States. Specifically, it is utilized in the majority of breast cancer treatments, as well as other forms of cancer. Taxotere is administered intravenously and is meant to slow the cancer cell growth in patients. When Taxotere first became available, it was the go to treatment for women with breast cancer. Approximately 75% of breast cancer patients were prescribed Taxotere to fight the growth of the cancer. Chemotherapy is never a fun thing for anyone, but Taxotere made chemotherapy even harder on hundreds of thousands of women.

As you also may be aware of, chemotherapy and Taxotere are accompanied by some pretty detrimental side effects. Some common side effects include your typical nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, etc. Also, one of the most common side effects that is associated with chemotherapy is hair loss. Many chemotherapy patients will experience some sort of hair loss while being administered Taxotere. Although this is common in chemotherapy, Taxotere is associated with the permanent loss of hair without the ability to grow back post-chemotherapy. Usually in chemotherapy hair loss is not permanent, but rather temporary during the chemo and radiation treatment. However, many patients using Taxotere experienced permanent hair loss after being administered the drug.

This permanent hair loss is a very serious and unexpected result of the drug Taxotere. The condition of permanent hair loss as a result of Taxotere is referred to “alopecia.” Alopecia can have a severely adverse impact on the morale of the patient, as well as the patient’s families. Although Sanofi is a multinational company and marketed Taxotere in other countries with the warning of potential permanent hair loss, customers in the United States were not given this important warning. As a result, many patients were being administered Taxotere without their knowledge that they could be at risk for permanent loss of hair. In 2015, the FDA issued a warning statement that “cases of permanent alopecia have been reported” after being administered Taxotere. Before this FDA warning, Sanofi’s label in the United States indicated that a patient’s hair will generally grow back after completing the treatment. However, a great number of women in the United States have already felt the negative impact as a result of Taxotere not giving a clear warning of alopecia to consumers.

ivc filter lawyerInferior vena cava (IVC) filters were designed and sold as a supposedly secure fallback to help avert pulmonary embolism for patients who for various medical reasons could not take blood thinners. Unfortunately for over the last ten years these filters have continuously been alleged to have been at fault for adverse conditions due to breaking of the filter. The best IVC filter lawyers have been pursuing these claims on behalf of their clients for several years now. While you can get a full run down of this litigation from a Louisiana IVC filter claim lawyer here, IVC Filter Claims , the following are 4 things you need to know if you believe you or a family member have been injured by an one of these products.

  1. Removal of the device is only the first step

Most importantly, if you or a loved one has a IVC filter, you need to seek medical advice. The FDA released a bulletin in 2010 advising that IVC filters should be removed as soon as the danger of embolism has passed. Despite this removal itself can be difficult or impossible. A study conducted at the Boston Medical Centre in March 2013 found that, of the IVC filters studied, only 8.5% were successfully removed.

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