Call Us Today - It's Free!
Taxotere Lawsuit - morgan and morgan
Contact us today


Taxotere Lawsuit

five stars
1150 reviews
Contact us today
  • $15 Billion+ Won
  • 800+ Lawyers Nationwide
  • The Fee is FreeTM, Only Pay If We Win
  • America’s Largest Injury Law Firm
  • Protecting Families Since 1988
Taxotere Lawsuit

Breast cancer patients are coming forward and alleging that the chemotherapy drug Taxotere (docetaxel) has caused them permanent hair loss, a side effect the manufacturer did not clearly disclose.

Taxotere, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and sold in the U.S. since 1999, is used to treat patients with advanced or metastasized breast cancer, along with other forms of cancer. Most chemotherapy drugs are known to cause temporary hair loss, with hair growing back soon after treatment ends. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with Taxotere users diagnosed with alopecia universalis, a condition characterized by a loss of all body hair that might never return.

Morgan & Morgan attorneys are filing personal injury lawsuits on behalf of Taxotere users against Sanofi-Aventis, seeking compensation for pain and suffering and other damages allegedly caused by the drug. If you’ve experienced permanent hair loss after being treated with Taxotere, please contact us today for a free case review.

FDA Issued Taxotere Warning in 2015, But Other Nations Knew Earlier

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its Safety Information page in December 2015 to include the reporting of instances of permanent hair loss. However, patients have claimed that Sanofi-Aventis warned patients outside of the U.S. about the side effects much earlier.

In March 2016 an Ohio breast cancer patient filed a lawsuit (Carson v. Sanofi SE, et al, case number 1:2016-cv-00165 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio), alleging that Sanofi-Aventis had warned doctors and patients in Europe as early as 2005 and Canada in 2012 about the risk of permanent hair loss from Taxotere, but waited until a month after the FDA’s information update to warn Americans.

In the meantime in 2010 Canada’s Globe and Mail reported that women had begun attempting to contact Sanofi-Aventis about why it hadn’t disclosed Taxotere’s risk of causing permanent baldness.

Sanofi-Aventis Accused of Pushing Patients Away from Cheaper, Safer Drug

A lawsuit filed recently accuses Sanofi-Aventis of not only failing to disclose the risk of permanent hair loss in breast cancer patients using Taxotere, but also says the company conspired to hide the problem to increase the drug’s sales. A California woman filed the suit (Dodson v. Sanofi SA, et al., case number 3:16-cv-01251 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California) in March 2016.

The suit alleges that the company sought to bury the risk of permanent hair loss in cancer patients to increase sales, a scheme that had a real impact on health outcomes. A study shows that over 89 percent of women who received the less expensive drug, Taxol, had a higher survival rate than women who were treated with Taxotere.

“Defendants preyed on one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals at the most difficult time in their lives,” the California woman said in her suit. “Defendants obtained billions of dollars in increased revenues at the expense of unwary cancer victims simply hoping to survive their condition and return to a normal life.”

What Are the Symptoms of Alopecia Universalis?

If you received Taxotere while you were being treated for breast cancer and you are still waiting for your hair to grow back, you could be stricken with alopecia universalis. The symptoms to be aware of are as follows:

  • Absence of hair anywhere on the body (including underarms and genital region)
  • Baldness
  • Lack of eyebrows
  • Lack of eyelashes

It is important to consult with a physician in order to determine what exactly is causing hair loss, and it is in fact alopecia universalis, and not another illness.

Free Case Evaluation

Tell us about your situation so we can get started fighting for you. We tailor each case to meet our clients' needs.


Taxotere Lawsuit FAQs

  • Should I File a Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit?

    If you or a loved one have been treated with Taxotere for breast cancer, and have experienced permanent hair loss, you might have cause to sue the manufacturer for compensation for your pain and suffering.

    The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan, P.A. are currently evaluating lawsuit claims on behalf of cancer patients who have been harmed by Taxotere.

    To learn more about you legal options, please contact us for a free consultation.Taxotere

Hear From Our Clients

We’ve helped over 300,000 families across the United States. See what they have to say.

Video Thumbnail 51bcb06a38fd51350ab04f248c54649b
Car Accident
5 stars

Our Personal Injury Lawyers
Have Over 55,000
5-Star Google Logo Reviews

Krista M.
They were caring and concerned about my case. They fought harder then I had intercepted. Communicated in many ways to make sure I understood. Thank you.
Video Thumbnail c365385942fb26326e4995f6183d63aa
Workers' Compensation
Nancy H.
The staff was amazing, they treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. Kept me informed every step of the way about my case. Always asked how I was doing and was prompt with responding to any of my questions or concerns. They are a great team!
Video Thumbnail 419e5af5085d2d39d047d1f86b8ab922
Premises Liability
Mike J.
Morgan and Morgan is truly the best law firm! PERIOD! You could consider yourself blessed when they take your case. Immediately, you can breathe. Anxiety goes from a 10 to 0! I needed them 3 TIMES! I wish I didn’t have to hire an attorney but my family and I were blessed. We won every single time! Insurance companies truly know that they will take it to court! I got settlements for all 3 lawsuits. Never stepped a foot into a courtroom. Thank you so much Morgan & Morgan!
Video Thumbnail e583ee5c147184b7fadd90d29428fd88
Home Insurance Claim
Kourtney W.
The entire Morgan & Morgan team, including my case manager Michelle Hill, have been a blessing! From the first phone call I made to them, they have been extremely compassionate, very helpful, and 100% professional. I would recommend Morgan & Morgan to anyone because THEY CARE!
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
See More

The Fee is FreeTM Only Pay If We Win.


Free case evaluation icon

Submit a Free Case Evaluation

You can find out if you qualify immediately.


Incoming icon

Get a Call From Us

Our specialists will walk you through your case and collect all the right information to win your case.


Woman with computer icon

Let Us Get to Work

Our specialized attorneys will handle every step of your case from start to finish. You don’t pay until we win.

Call Us Now

See Our Nationwide Results

We’ve won over $15 Billion for our clients in cases of all types. Let us work hard for you.

Car icon
Car Accident
Medical Malpractice icon
Medical Malpractice
Clock and money icon
Unpaid Overtime
Tobacco icon
Slip & Fall icon
Slip & Fall
Premises Liability icon
Premises Liability
Social Security icon
Social Security
Civil Rights icon
Civil Rights
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Last updated on May 11, 2023

How Can We Help You Today?

Free Case Evaluation

Tell us about your situation so we can get started fighting for you. We tailor each case to meet our clients' needs.