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Taxotere, a popular chemotherapy drug most often used to treat breast cancer, has been linked to permanent hair loss all over the body, a condition known as alopecia universalis. The symptoms of alopecia universalis include:

  • absence of bodily hair
  • loss of eyebrows and eyelashes
  • baldness

Taxotere is often utilized during treatment, despite the prevalence of similar drugs just as effective as Taxotere and without the associated risks. Oftentimes those undergoing treatment with Taxotere are not warned beforehand of the risk of alopecia and consequently can be left with a permanent reminder of their time undergoing chemotherapy.

What Are The Claims Against Taxotere?

Since 2016, over 10,000 breast cancer survivors have filed lawsuits alleging Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturers of Taxotere, hid this risk of permanent hair loss. Furthermore, patients have stated that Sanofi-Aventis warned doctors in other countries as early as 2005 about these risks. In America, Sanofi-Aventis waited until one month after the FDA’s 2015 safety information page to disclose these risks. This was further compounded by other actions taken by Sanofi-Aventis to allegedly bury the risk of permanent hair loss as a means of increasing their sales.

Get the Care and Justice You Deserve

If you or someone you know suffered permanent hair loss after being treated with Taxotere,  it may be best to consult an attorney. For more than 40 years, the personal injury lawyers at Brown & Crouppen have been helping the victims of dangerous drugs get the justice they deserve.

It all Starts with A Free Case Evaluation from the Personal Injury Team at Brown & Crouppen

Getting started is simple. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.


Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death.

Taxotere remains approved by the United States Food and Drug administration.

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