The Alternative To Taxotere: Taxol

Doctors Were Not Informed Of The Risk

Litigation over the cancer drug Taxotere is popping up all over the country. Taxotere is an intravenous injection manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis. It is primarily used to treat breast cancer, but is also used to treat an array of other cancers as well. The manufacturers of Taxotere promoted the drug as an efficacious and convenient treatment option, requiring an injection only once every three weeks.

However, what the manufacturers knew but did not tell the public is that Taxotere can cause permanent hair loss. Had this information been made available to the public, more physicians would have prescribed the equally effective drug Taxol, and fewer patients would have experienced the truly devastating side effect of permanent hair loss.

About Taxol

Like Taxotere, Taxol is given as an intravenous injection. It is used to treat breast cancer as well as melanoma and ovarian, lung, bladder, prostate and esophageal cancer. The side effects of Taxol are similar to those seen in Taxotere and include:

  • Transient hair loss
  • Low blood counts
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mouth sores
  • Numbness in the hands and feet

However, one big difference between Taxol and Taxotere is that Taxol does not cause permanent hair loss. Rather, like other cancer drugs, the hair loss induced by Taxol is temporary; hair begins to regrow once treatment ends.

Studies have shown that Taxol is just as effective as Taxotere in irradiating cancer.

The Profit Motive

Why, then, is Taxotere pushed on patients? Sadly, this stems from a drug manufacturer that is more interested in making a profit than taking care of patients and providing the necessary warnings so patients and doctors are fully informed.

Get In Touch Today

If you or a loved one has experienced this devastating side effect after taking Taxotere, the dedicated attorneys at Reich & Binstock are here to help. Call our Houston office at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free for your free initial consultation. You can also write to us online. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience and will help you get the recovery you deserve. Cancer is a battle. Once won, no one should have to suffer permanent harm because a drug manufacturer was more interested in making a profit than taking care of families.