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Holding the Makers of Taxotere Responsible

Alaska Taxotere Canalicular Stenosis Attorneys 

Do you suffer from severely dry, watery eyes? Did you use the chemotherapy drug, Taxotere, as part of your cancer treatment? If so, it’s very possible you may be suffering from an eye condition, called canalicular stenosis, as a result of taking this drug. Oncologists and ophthalmologists are just now recognizing that canalicular stenosis is one of the most serious side effects of prolonged Taxotere use.

When you or a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis, you rely on your oncologist and other medical professionals to find the right treatment options and help you battle this frightening illness. However, if you were prescribed a chemotherapy medication called Taxotere, also called Docetaxel, your doctor may not have been able to give you all the information you need. A doctor can only keep you safe if they have truthful and complete information about the drugs they are providing.

Unfortunately, the drug manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis, which produces Taxotere, hid vital information about serious adverse effects of this chemotherapy treatment, including canalicular stenosis. Due to Sanofi-Aventis’ reprehensible actions, thousands of cancer patients across the country are now living with canalicular stenosis as a result of using Taxotere as a chemotherapy treatment.

If you or a loved one are experiencing excessively watery eyes or have developed canalicular stenosis, after using the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, you have a right to demand compensation. The attorneys at Hotze Runkle are prepared to help you fight back against the Taxotere manufacturers, so you can receive the settlement you deserve. You should not have to suffer at the hands of Sanofi-Aventis, and Hotze Runkle is ready to help you take legal action today. Take our Taxotere quiz right now to learn how a lawsuit can help you seek justice during this difficult time.

Why You Need a Lawyer

The Taxotere manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, is one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world. This company makes over $34 million annually, and they sell their products to over 170 different countries across the globe. Despite this widespread success, Sanofi-Aventis demonstrated serious ethical violations by placing their business profits above the health and well-being of consumers. If you are facing the consequences of this company’s immoral behavior, you have the right to file a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis and seek compensation.

However, entering a legal battle against a large pharmaceutical company is difficult, and you will need to work with a skilled attorney if you are going to win your case. Large corporations, like Sanofi-Aventis, have an extensive legal team they rely on when facing a lawsuit. These lawyers, foremost, want to protect the company, and they do not care about what is right or fair for the people this company has hurt. They will try to prevent your lawsuit by any means necessary, and if they cannot, they may offer you a settlement that is much less than you deserve.

You need to work with a Taxotere lawsuit attorney, so you have the best possible chance of winning your case. Your attorney will protect you from the underhanded legal tactics the Taxotere manufacturers may use to discredit your case. They will also ensure that you have all of the evidence you need to make a strong argument and receive the settlement you deserve. When you are facing ongoing medical and financial obstacles, you cannot afford to take any chances with your lawsuit. You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible, so you can protect your rights and demand justice.

Why Choose Hotze Runkle for Your Taxotere Lawsuit

The attorneys at Hotze Runkle are prepared to support the citizens of Alaska who have developed canalicular stenosis after using Taxotere. Our lawyers have the experience necessary to fight back against a big pharmaceutical company, like Sanofi-Aventis, and we are ready to use aggressive tactics to make sure you receive the compensation you need.

At Hotze Runkle, we pride ourselves on the high-quality legal service we offer each of our clients. We will provide you with the advice and guidance you need while treating you with the respect that you deserve. Every case is different, and Hotze Runkle will ensure that you receive individualized solutions to your legal problems. We will work with you through each step of your lawsuit, fighting for a fair settlement or taking your case to court if needed. When you work with Hotze Runkle, you will have an advocate working by your side, to make sure that Sanofi-Aventis pays the price for their wrongdoing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Taxotere

If you are experiencing long-term health problems, after using Taxotere for your cancer treatment, you likely have numerous questions on your mind. You deserve answers to these questions about Taxotere, your health concerns, and the decision to pursue a lawsuit. That is why Hotze Runkle has provided this overview of Taxotere and its effects, to help you determine your next steps. For more information, visit our Taxotere lawsuit webpage or contact one of our skilled attorneys today.

What is Taxotere? 

Taxotere is a chemotherapy medication used to treat a variety of different types of cancer. Oncologists most commonly prescribe this medication for breast cancer treatment, but you may also receive Taxotere to treat prostate, lung, ovarian, or head and neck cancer. This medication is effective at treating a variety of cancers because it stops cell division. By preventing cell division, cancerous cells cannot continue to grow within the body. However, this medication also interrupts the growth of healthy cells, which can result in serious side effects.

You may receive Taxotere by itself or in combination with other chemotherapy medications. A doctor will administer this medication through IV injections during scheduled treatment sessions. The severity and type of cancer you have will determine the frequency with which you receive Taxotere treatments. Current research indicates that even patients who took Taxotere as infrequently as once every three weeks may still develop canalicular stenosis.

What Are the Side Effects of Taxotere? 

As with many chemotherapy treatments, Taxotere may cause many uncomfortable side effects while you are undergoing treatment. Some of the most common of these include:

  • Hair loss
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Reduced immune system function

These symptoms typically occur while you are taking Taxotere, but they will subside once you finish treatment. Unfortunately, Taxotere manufacturers failed to warn doctors and their patients about another more serious side effect, called epiphora, which may continue even after you stop taking Taxotere. Epiphora causes excessively watery eyes, during and after Taxotere treatment. Some of the most common symptoms of epiphora include:

  • Redness in the eyes
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Soreness around the eyes
  • Sharp and persistent eye pain
  • Enlarged and visible blood vessels
  • Blurred visions
  • Light sensitivity

Many cancer patients who experience epiphora have significant changes in their vision, which can prevent them from performing daily tasks, such as reading, driving, and watching TV. This wateriness can also give you the appearance of constantly crying and may impact your ability to wear makeup.

At first, epiphora may not seem particularly serious, among all the other side effects of chemotherapy treatment. However, this condition typically indicates the start of a much more severe eye disorder, called canalicular stenosis, which causes permanent complications with your eyes and your vision.

What Is Canalicular Stenosis? 

Although you typically only notice your tears when you are crying or when your eyes are irritated, the lacrimal gland in the eye produces tears constantly throughout the day. These tears help keep your eyes lubricated, and they remove dirt and other irritants from the surface of the eyes. When your eyes are healthy and functioning normally, you do not notice these tears because a small tube, called the canaliculus, funnels these tears out of the eye and through the tear duct.

Canalicular stenosis occurs when the canaliculus becomes blocked or closed, preventing the normal removal of tears from the eyes. When you are taking Taxotere, the medication secretes into your tears and causes severe irritation and chronic inflammation of the canaliculi, resulting in canalicular stenosis. Depending on the severity of your canalicular stenosis, you may occasionally experience watery eyes, or you may have a constant overflow of tears onto your face.

If you or your doctor recognize the symptoms of canalicular stenosis early, this disorder is entirely preventable. However, after complete canaliculi closure, the only treatment options available are invasive surgery and continued medical maintenance, for the rest of your life.

Unfortunately, many oncologists are just now recognizing the severity of the problem because Sanofi-Aventis concealed information about the correlation between Taxotere use and canalicular stenosis. Due to this company’s unethical behavior, you are now facing an irreversible eye disorder, and you need compensation to help you manage the impact canalicular stenosis has on your life and your future.

Contact Hotze Runkle Today 

If you or a loved one has developed canalicular stenosis due to the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, you are owed justice and fair compensation for your damages. The Alaska Taxotere lawsuit attorneys at Hotze Runkle are ready to fight on your behalf and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Take the first steps in your lawsuit, by taking our Taxotere quiz. You may be owed significant compensation for your suffering, so do not wait any longer to start your journey to justice.