Permanent Hair Loss Likely After Being Given Taxotere

Everyone knows that women who endure chemotherapy for breast cancer often lose their hair.  The good news for these patients is that the hair usually grows back 4-6 weeks after stopping chemotherapy. Taxotere is a drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis that causes permanent hair loss in a notable percentage of patients who use the product (about 10%).

Taxotere was actually rushed to the market to compete with Taxol which is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Taxotere was marketed to doctors as being better in fighting cancer compared to its competitor Taxol.

In fact, the FDA issued a notice to Sanofi-Aventis about this finding that “FDA is not aware of abundant clinical experience to support the claims made in the carrier concerning Taxotere’s level of efficacy or superiority to paclitaxel.

Taxotere was approved for use in the USA in 1996. By 2005 (probably earlier) the manufacturer of Taxotere knew that the drug caused persistent hair loss, but did not warn patients or doctors in the USA of this hazard until very recently.

Sanofi-Aventis provided a warning of permanent hair loss to the user in Europe and Canada as early as 2005 thus giving doctors in Europe and Canada the chance to warn patients of the risk of permanent hair loss. Unfortunately, the notice was withheld from doctors and the FDA in the USA. Sanofi-Aventis just recently, in January 2016, changed the USA Label of Taxotere to warn that it can cause permanent hair loss.

Why would Sanofi-Aventis withhold such important data from cancer patients in the USA? The answer is that they needed market share against their competitor Bristol-Myers Squibb which produced the safer alternative drug Taxol.

Sanofi-Aventis made billions of dollars per year marketing Taxotere prior to the drug going generic in 2010/2011.You can also discuss your case and can seek help from taxotere hair loss lawsuit.

Many doctors are still prescribing Taxotere rather than Taxol as they were misled by Sanofi-Aventis about the facts. If you or somebody you know is suffering from cancer, please be sure to consider the possibility of permanent hair loss with your doctor before choosing to use Taxotere rather than Taxol.

Everything You Need To Know About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a term used to describe the enlargement of breasts in males. Gynecomastia is usually found in the new born babies. This may be due to transfer of some female hormones from the mother. The main reason for gynecomastia is still not found completely.

It may occur due to a result of an imbalance in the normal ratio of sex hormones in an individual. These hormones are as follows:

  1. Estrogens (The female hormones) and
  2. Androgens (The male hormones)


Gynecomastia can also be caused because of a metabolic disorder. Some drugs are also responsible for the development of this condition in males. These include the drugs like Risperdal, Fusemide or Digoxin. In case you are a victim of risperdal gynecomastia, you should know about the risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits, that you can file a case against your doctor.

Gynecomastia is not same as the normally observed muscle hypertrophy of chest muscles found in people performing exercises like the swimmers.


Gynecomastia can be classified according to the distribution of fat in the chest tissues:

  1. Confined to aerola:

The most common type of gynecomastia observed is the one which remains confined only to the aerola. Due to the accumulation of the glandular tissue under the aerolar tissue it gives a puffy appearance.

  1. Glandular gynecomastia:

It is commonly seen in the body builders and wrestlers. It is due to the anabolic steroid used to build up the body muscles. These steroids carry an excessive amount of the testosterone in them. This testosterone is converted into estrogen, thus leading to gynecomastia.

  1. Congenital or hereditary gynecomastia:

Congenital or hereditary gynecomastia is found typically in boys ranging from the ages 12 to 18. Most of the times it settles down with age, while in some cases, it persists for life.

  1. Adult gynecomastia:

It is the most common form of gynecomastia. Its extent varies according to the varying degrees of the glandular, adipose and fibrous tissue involvement.


  1. Psuedogynecomastia:

This type of gynecomastia is mostly related to obesity. It comprises only of the adipose tissue and not the glandular tissue. It is also known as the ‘false gynecomastia’.

  1. Asymmetrical gynecomastia:

It is also called as the ‘unilateral gynecomastia‘; in which only one breast becomes enlarged compared to the other one.

  1. Severe gynecomastia:

As the name indicates, it refers to the severely enlarged breasts in males. It is mostly found in the old age.