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Chemotherapy Drug Taxotere Causes Permanent Hair Loss for Breast Cancer Survivors

Chemotherapy Drug Taxotere Causes Permanent Hair Loss for Breast Cancer Survivors

While hair loss during chemotherapy is often unavoidable, permanent hair loss after treatment should be rare.

Sadly, one of the most common breast cancer chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere, is also the only drug that causes permanent hair loss. Alternatives, like Taxol, have been just as effective, and don’t cause permanent alopecia. For over 10 years, the manufacturer of Taxotere was well aware of the side effects, but failed to warn U.S. consumers. Many women are taking action against this blatant injustice by filing for financial settlement.

Doctors prescribe Taxotere to 75% of breast cancer patients. 6-15% of those women will experience this difficult permanent side effect. If you are one of these patients, you may be entitled to financial settlement.

Taxotere Manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis Actively Kept Permanent Side Effect From Consumers

The manufacturer of Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis, warned European consumers of permanent alopecia as early as 2005. Unfortunately, the same warning was not provided in the U.S. until the end of December of 2015. Now that the warning is public, survivors have a limited window to pursue financial settlement.

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Taxotere Injuries: Everything You Need to Know

Taxotere Injuries: Everything You Need to Know

This video gives a history on Taxotere and the failure to warn about permanent hair loss. Watch the video to learn more now.

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Video: Taxotere – An Overview

Watch this video to learn the who, what, when, and where of Taxotere. With any medical drug or device it is always better to know too much than be left in the dark without any information.

Video: Where did Taxotere go wrong?

Taxotere is one of the most common chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer patients made by Sanofi Aventis, but here is what they knew and when they knew it.

Video: The Issues with Taxotere

Permanent hair loss in breast cancer survivors should be rare. Learn about the major adverse effects with Taxotere and what you could take instead.

Video: The History of Taxotere

Who makes Taxotere? Is it more effective than Taxol? This video answers all those questions and more on the chemotherapy drug taxotere.

Taxotere Lawsuits & Settlement Landscape

While claims against the manufacturer of Taxotere began in 2010, they are truly heating up in 2017. Many women effectively make the case that Sanofi touted its product as superior to the alternatives despite ample evidence that Taxotere caused permanent hair loss. In response to increased pressure, Sanofi has gone public with potential side effects. This limits the available window for settlements.

If you took Taxotere and have been in remission for at least six months and still do not have your hair back, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

To be clear, very few doctors or healthcare professionals have been made aware of Taxotere’s new warning. The manufacturer chose to insert this critical information on the last page of an extremely lengthy label. There was no notification of any kind sent to healthcare professionals informing them of this crucial change.

Chemotherapy Drug Taxotere Leaves Breast Cancer Survivors with Permanent Hair Loss

Picture this. You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s terrifying, but you and your family know that you can beat this. The reality sets in that with cancer, you will likely have chemotherapy as part of your treatment, which has many difficult side effects including hair loss.

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Get the Facts: Taxotere, Hair Loss & The Current Settlement Landscape

Many people are talking about cancer. There are articles about the stages of cancer, the various types of cancer, how to prevent cancer, and more… about 2,710,000,000 results in a Google search. But what about AFTER cancer? What happens then? You made it through chemotherapy, you experienced a variety of emotions and now you wonder …

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Taxotere Glossary of Key Terms


A chemotherapy drug treatment derived from a synthetic compound. The drug is marketed as a more cost effective and efficient option to Taxol, but these claims are not necessarily true. Unlike Taxol, Taxotere is linked to permanent hair loss.

Breast Cancer

A kind of cancer that develops from breast cells and tissue. Most breast cancer begins in the milk ducts. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer Survivor

A person is considered to be a survivor of cancer from the moment she is diagnosed until the end of life.


Use of drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemo works by keeping the cancer cells from growing and dividing into more cells.


Another name for Taxotere. Chemotherapy drug linked to permanent hair loss.


The study of cancer.

Permanent Alopecia

Permanent hair loss which may affect the entire body—primarily head hair, lashes, and eyebrows.


Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy to kill cancer cells.


Remission means that tests, physical exams, and scans show that all signs of cancer are gone.


Manufacturer of drug Taxotere that does not warn about its product’s unique correlation with permanent hair loss.


A chemotherapy treatment derived from a natural compound, approved for use of cancer treatment in 1993.

Health & Wellness Resources for Taxotere


You were never given a chance to make an informed choice about your breast cancer treatment. As claims against Sanofi are mounting, Periscope Group can put you on a path to settlement. For over 20 years, we’ve served as a guardian for people who need to navigate an industry that doesn’t always have their best interests at heart. We provide the information, resources, and direct connection to reputable legal counsel that people need when their lives and livelihoods are at stake. Big pharmaceutical companies cannot silence the injured—not as long as we’re around.

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Biased and Falsified Studies: The Truth Behind Medical Research

Doctors need at least eight years of higher education and another seven years training in a residency and fellowship before they can really practice on their own in their field. That’s just one reason why we, as patients, put our trust – and quite literally our lives – in their hands.

Biased and Falsified Studies: The Truth Behind Medical Research

Drugs, treatments, diagnoses, and everything else that goes into treating our symptoms are quite complicated so we rely on their expertise to make us well. Unfortunately, this is also a business and like all businesses, there’s the motivation to make money. The lack of accountability and financial perks have created a serious conflict of interest between research doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the medical professionals who rely on these studies to address their patients.

Why You Should Care About Medical Study Research

Okay, I admit it: I never even thought about how drugs or medical devices were put on the market until recently. Like most people, I didn’t have the time to care and I also figured that’s what my doctor is for. But the deeper I dug, the more I learned that millions of people are getting injured – and are even dying – because drugs and medical devices aren’t being properly tested.

Here’s one example: transvaginal mesh (TVM) was never tested in a vagina before it was put into millions of women’s vaginas. Johnson & Johnson paid the inventor of TVM, Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist Ulf Ulmsten, $1 million to prove TVM’s safety and effectiveness. Who wouldn’t do everything they could to skew the results in their favor? Now hundreds of thousands of women are living with pain, have broken relationships, and suffer from other complications due to this bad medical device.

The Core Conflict

Doctors don’t have the time or funding to do the research themselves, so they rely on experts in their respective fields to test new drugs and medical devices and to report the benefits and risks so they can best treat their patients. Like the TVM example, many researchers are getting funding and kickbacks for publishing papers promoting a certain drug or medical device in medical journals or for speaking at conferences. The main problem is the lack of transparency on the part of many doctors who fail to disclose that they are funded by the pharmaceutical company.  The New York Times reported that, “Dr. Jeffrey R. Botkin, an associate vice president for research at the University of Utah, recently argued… that researchers should face misconduct charges when they do not disclose their relationships with interested companies. ‘They really are falsifying the information that others rely on to assess that research,’ he said. ‘Money is a very powerful influencer, and people’s opinions become subtly biased by that financial relationship.’”

We, as patients, need to demand more accountability and transparency in the medical world. Researchers need to disclose their relationship with pharmaceutical companies so our doctors can take the information with a grain of salt to fully understand the capabilities and risk factors for the treatments they are prescribing. The more products a company sells, the more money it makes. We should be treated with the drug or device that works best, not offers the biggest perk.


“What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry”. New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2018.

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

When everything is lost, where do you even begin to start to replace what mattered most? This is the big question that victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise and other California fire survivors are asking themselves. While family heirlooms, childhood crafts, and other priceless items can’t be replaced, other favorite pieces can be with a little time and effort.

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

Our Call Center Manager, Laura, lost her family home in Paradise and is now helping her parents to rebuild what was lost. She has been busy reaching out to over 80 companies asking for a bit of generosity to replace items such as her dad’s barbecue, safe, and other valuable pieces. Some businesses have been amazing and have given the items for free or asked for just the cost of shipping while others have declined to even honor their warranties. (And just so you know, this post has two motives: 1) to advise you on how to ask companies for help and 2) to inform you of businesses who are compassionate and generous so we can continue to support them!)

2. Ask for a replacement item or a discount

Some people may think that your insurance is going to cut you a fat check to purchase everything you need, but usually they will cover only 50 – 75% of the initial costs, so a discount or free item is going to be incredibly appreciated. It may be helpful to mention that you have insurance, but it only covers a fraction of your losses. Also, a discount is better than nothing. We want to support these businesses who are willing to do what they can, not cause financial stress. Requesting a discount can help you to get what you need while also providing a way for the company to help without causes financial strain.

3. Explain the importance of the item in your letter

For Laura’s family, Sunday night barbecues were the highlight of the week. Her dad, Chris, was proud of his skills and he even created a designated spot with pavers to house his grill. Laura reached out to Weber and explained “every Sunday night in our family means barbecue, beer and football… family dinners revolve around BBQ.” Guess what happened? They offered Chris a 22” model for free. Maybe the item isn’t the exact one that you requested, but this was so generous on the part of Weber and it was a huge step in getting life back to normal for Chris.

4. Give as much information about the original product as you can.

A company is more likely to replace the item if you have proof of ownership and that you were personally affected by the fire (and not a scammer). Here is a great sample that Laura wrote:

My dad owned two toolboxes from Snap On and he has always been a Mr. Fix It type of guy. I wanted to reach out, because we just lost our family home in Paradise, CA to the Camp Fire and now his toolboxes and tools are destroyed. The toolboxes themselves are brittle and can not be fixed and all the tools inside are melted together.

I wanted to see if there was any way I could get a discount to re order him at least one of the toolboxes. Unfortunately, their insurance is going to take months, maybe even years to pay out and I can’t afford to replace the toolboxes and tools myself at full price. If you could place just let me know I would really appreciate it.

I have attached photos of the toolboxes that I believe he had. I also attached before and after photos of our home in Paradise. You can see the toolboxes standing right in the middle of the ashes behind the garage door in the after photo.

Physically everyone made it out okay, but what remains of the place we all called home is devastating. I would really appreciate anything you can do to help out my family. Thank you so much in advance for your time.


Out of the 80+ companies that Laura has contacted, only four have responded. If you need a barbecue or custom made sign, please support Weber barbecues and Second to None Fabrication. These companies were awesome and we would love to see them rewarded for their generosity.

Those on Santa’s Naughty List? Snap-on Tools, KA_BAR knives, and Sentry Safe. On Sentry Safe’s website, they even state that, “Should your safe go through a fire, SentrySafe will send a replacement safe free of charge, so the things that matter most are protected for generations to come.” Not only would the above companies not replace the items, but they also refused to offer a discount.

It’s going to take time to contact businesses, but it may be worth the effort to start getting your life back together. We also hope that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the compassion and kindness you’ll find.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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