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Holding the Makers of Taxotere Responsible

Colorado Taxotere and Canalicular Stenosis Attorneys

Have you been diagnosed with canalicular stenosis? This serious eye condition, notable for causing excessively watery eyes, has been linked to the chemotherapy drug, Taxotere.

The drug maker, Sanofi-Aventis, is currently facing over 8,000 pending lawsuits from people just like you that are suffering from the excessive side-effects caused by Taxotere. And you, too, may be entitled to significant compensation.

The Colorado Taxotere lawyers at Hotze Runkle are currently pursuing litigation on behalf of patients all across America that are experiencing severe eye-related injuries due to the use of Taxotere. Let us help you recover damages caused by the negligence of the drug manufacturer

Unsure if you’re a candidate for compensation? Take our online quiz now, and see if you may benefit from talking to a Taxotere lawyer today.

The Permanent Side Effects of Taxotere

The popular chemotherapy drug, Docetaxel (or Taxotere), is used by thousands of cancer patients every day, primarily for breast cancer. What those cancer patients didn’t know, however, is that the drug is also the cause of a whole list of serious side-effects. One of those debilitating side-effects is called canalicular stenosis, an entirely preventable medical condition that is characterized by permanently teary, watery eyes. The only cure for canalicular stenosis is a costly, invasive procedure called a dacryocystorhinostomy.

Taxotere has been on the market since 1998, but Sanofi-Aventis neglected to release a full list of the potential side effects until 2014. For sixteen years, medical professionals were administering Taxotere to cancer patients with no knowledge of the possible complications. Many medical professionals and patients might have chosen a different medication had they known otherwise.

If you or a loved one have developed watery eyes from taking Taxotere, you may be suffering from canalicular stenosis. An experienced Colorado Taxotere lawyer can help you recover financially from the damages of Taxotere. You could be entitled to receive a settlement to help cover your medical bills, emotional turmoil, lost wages, and more.

What is Canalicular Stenosis?

Taxotere, the popular chemotherapy drug, is used every day by thousands of cancer patients. Unfortunately, Taxotere is also causing serious side-effects, one of those being epiphora. Epiphora is a condition in which a person’s eyes continuously tear up, causing tears to stream down your face. If unchecked, epiphora leads to canalicular stenosis.

Our bodies have a natural system in which our excess tears drain. Our tears drain from our eyes into a small pathway that then empties the tears into the lacrimal sac. From there, the tears flow into the nasolacrimal duct and finally into the nasal cavity. However, epiphora obstructs our pathways and impedes our system from working correctly, which then leads to canalicular stenosis.

Canalicular stenosis is characterized by excessive tearing, swelling around the eyes, and blurred or cloudy vision. Men and women suffering from canalicular stenosis have a difficult time doing daily tasks, such as driving, reading, or wearing makeup.

The difficult reality for those suffering from canalicular stenosis is that it’s entirely preventable. If the doctor diagnoses symptoms early enough, they can prevent canalicular stenosis from developing with a quick and easy procedure. The doctor will insert a bicanalicular silicone stent into the eye, which will prevent the excessive tearing before it begins to obstruct your regular tear drainage pathways.

Canalicular stenosis is not just a risk for those currently taking Taxotere. In many cases, patients who finished their Taxotere treatment later developed watery eyes. And canalicular stenosis is not the only potential eye-related complication from Taxotere.

Additional eye-related side-effects include the following:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dry eyes
  • Blindness

Unfortunately, because Sanofi-Aventis neglected to release a full list of warnings, thousands of patients have suffered from canalicular stenosis and other eye-related conditions.

How is Canalicular Stenosis Treated?

The treatment for canalicular stenosis is an expensive, invasive procedure called a dacryocystorhinostomy. A dacryocystorhinostomy is a complex and risky procedure in which the doctor attempts to create a new pathway for your tears to drain. They do this by removing the bone near the nasolacrimal sac and the sac itself to create a new path for your tears to drain into the nasal cavity. With the new pathway created, the tears can circumvent the obstructed duct and drain properly.

Every medical procedure comes with its own risks, and a dacryocystorhinostomy is no different. After undergoing chemotherapy and cancer treatment, your body is inherently weaker. Putting your more vulnerable body through the stress of surgery and sedation is risky.

There are also potential complications from the procedure itself. After a dacryocystorhinostomy, patients may have the following side-effects:

  • Brain fluid leakage
  • Facial scarring
  • Sinusitis and other infections
  • Blood hemorrhaging
  • Abnormally fused nose tissue
  • Potential blindness

And that’s not the only risk of a dacryocystorhinostomy. If the surgery doesn’t work as it should, patients will be forced to undergo additional, expensive surgeries to correct the initial dacryocystorhinostomy.

All of this, the canalicular stenosis and resulting dacryocystorhinostomy, was entirely preventable. If Sanofi-Aventis had done what they should have and released a list of drug warnings the moment Taxotere hit the market, you and thousands of other people would not be suffering today.

Why Do I Need a Colorado Taxotere Lawyer?

Chemotherapy treatment is incredibly expensive. The additional costs and stress of an added medical condition are exactly what you don’t need right now. What you do need is an experienced Colorado Taxotere lawyer that can help you navigate the complicated legal process of filing and handling a lawsuit. There are deadlines to meet and evidence to collect, and none of that is easy to do alone.

It’s also important to note that you may never receive the compensation you deserve without the help of a skilled attorney. Those that attempt to collect damages with the help of an attorney receive three times more money than those that try to do it alone. Let us help you hold the responsible party liable for their negligent actions and get you the compensation you deserve.

Hotze Runkle has been fighting on the side of medical and pharmaceutical victims for over thirteen years. We’ll call on our broad network of experienced attorneys, legal aids, investigators, and medical professionals to craft an airtight case in your favor. Together, we’ll collect evidence for your case and prove why Taxotere caused your canalicular stenosis.

Do I Have a Claim? 

You may be wondering if you have a legitimate claim against Sanofi-Aventis. If you have suffered in any degree due to the side-effects of Taxotere, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover your damages. Even those that have successfully completed chemotherapy treatment and recovered from their cancer are eligible to file a claim.

The side-effects caused by Taxotere are life-changing. Eye-related complications threaten your entire quality of life, and the responsible party must be held financially liable for the harm they have created.

Let Hotze Runkle help you navigate the legal process and get the settlement you deserve.

We’re helping patients in Colorado and across the country hold Sanofi-Aventis responsible for their negligent actions. Let us help you, too.

Why Choose Us?

Back in 2007, Patrick Hotze and Ryan Runkle founded Hotze Runkle with the shared intention of fighting for those that are unable to fight for themselves. Over the last thirteen years, we have collected over $100,000,000 in damages for our clients and helped people all over the country recover financially.

Our clients have a shared need to fight against the medical and pharmaceutical wrongs that have harmed their livelihoods. At Hotze Runkle, we work hard every day to help those that cannot do it alone. All of our product liability lawyers are committed to helping individuals that have been hurt by the actions of others.

Give us a chance and see why people all across the country are recommending Hotze Runkle. We’ve earned those recommendations through hard work and an unflinching commitment to aggressive litigation.

Contact Us Today

Cancer is hard enough without the addition of an entirely preventable medical condition. If you or someone you love has suffered due to side-effects caused by Taxotere or another chemotherapy drug, Hotze Runkle is here to help.

We’ll do everything we can to ensure you receive full and fair compensation from Sanofi-Aventis. Our experienced attorneys will work hard to secure your finances so that you and your family can focus on healing.

Take our quiz online now, and see if you qualify for significant compensation.