Alopecia and Chemotherapy in Maryland LawsuitsWritten by ruxandra
Most patients going through chemotherapy expect hair loss at some point. Usually, this situation lasts between three and six months. But, in the case of Taxotere, permanent hair loss can happen. This drug is used in chemotherapy, but, unfortunately, its manufacturer failed to warn patients that Taxotere can cause permanent hair loss. If you or a loved one have experienced a situation like this, you should know that you have the right to contact a personal injury lawyer from Maryland and file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Taxotere and permanent hair loss
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to attack the cancer cells and prevent them from dividing and multiplying. These drugs usually recognize the cancer cells by the fact that they grow and divide very quickly as opposed to healthy cells in your body. Unfortunately, the cells that are responsible for hair growth also grow and divide very quickly, causing chemo drugs to attack them as if they were cancerous cells. This is basically why, during chemo, hair loss is expected. After the chemotherapy ends, these cells will recover and a patent’s hair will grow again.
However, this isn’t always the case for Taxotere. This drug is mostly used in breast cancer chemotherapy and it can result in permanent hair loss – otherwise known as alopecia caused by chemotherapy. 10% to 15% of the individuals that get treated with Taxotere suffer permanent or long-term hair loss. This drug somehow causes an auto-immune response of the organism, making the body attack cells responsible for hair growth, even after the chemotherapy is over.
Before 2015, patients had no idea that this drug could cause alopecia because the manufacturer failed to put a warning, even though it appears that they knew about this risk. Following a great number of complaints from patients, the FDA added permanent hair loss as a risk of using Taxotere. However, there are many patients that have suffered simply because the manufacturer was more concerned with driving sales than with properly informing patients.
If you or a loved one have suffered permanent hair loss caused by Taxotere, get in touch with an Annapolis injury attorney and see how you can recover damages.
Law offices in Annapolis, Maryland
Personal injury lawyer from Maryland, Christopher L. Beard has a lot of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. Don’t let yourself or a loved one be bullied into signing a settlement without speaking to an attorney first. Contact our law offices in Annapolis, Maryland, at (443) 569-3950 or by email at [email protected]. Annapolis injury attorney Beard offers you an initial no-fee consultation so that you can understand your situation and legal options.