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Holding the Makers of Taxotere Responsible

Minnesota Canalicular Stenosis (Taxotere) Lawyers

Did you or a loved one develop Canalicular Stenosis or epiphora as a result of the chemotherapy drug Taxotere? If so, you could be owed significant compensation from the drugmaker, Sanofi-Aventis. The Minnesota Taxotere canalicular stenosis lawyers of Hotze Runkle are actively pursuing litigation on behalf of patients just like you who experienced severe eye injuries due to the use of this drug, and we’ll be ready to help you as well.

We know that fighting breast cancer is no easy battle. It’s all-consuming and taxing on your body’s stamina and overall mental health. If you’re going through treatment for breast cancer, you shouldn’t have to be concerned about the anti-cancer medicine you’re taking. You should feel confident that your treatment is making you better and not adding additional pain to your life.

One popular chemotherapy drug is known as Docetaxel (or Taxotere) and is administered regularly to treat patients with breast cancer. Unfortunately, Taxotere is simultaneously helping treat cancer and infecting patients with another medical condition called canalicular stenosis. Canalicular stenosis is an entirely preventable condition that could have been stopped early on in your Taxotere treatment. The only cure for canalicular stenosis is a costly and invasive surgery.

Sanofi-Aventis, the company that manufactured Taxotere, is currently facing over 8,000 lawsuits over the excessive side-effects caused by Taxotere and the false marketing the company has employed. Taxotere has been on the market since 1998, but Sanofi-Aventis did not release a full warning list of the drug’s potential side-effects until 2014. For over sixteen years, patients were taking Taxotere with no idea of the adverse effects. Many patients and medical professionals would have chosen a different chemotherapy drug if they had been given all of the information.

If you, or someone you know, have developed watery eyes after taking Taxotere, you may be suffering from canalicular stenosis. Only a Minnesota Taxotere lawyer can help you cover the damages you have experienced by taking Taxotere. You could be eligible to receive compensation to cover your costly medical expenses, loss of wages, emotional distress, and more.

At Hotze Runkle, we know that going through cancer is one of the most challenging things a person can go through. It’s entirely unfair for people living with cancer to have an additional, preventable condition piled on to an already stressful situation.

We know that going up against the pharmaceutical industry sounds scary, and right now, you need someone to fight for you. At Hotze Runkle, we’ll work our hardest to earn your trust and be an integral part of your support system. We’ll find any avenue for compensation and help you feel financially secure in this trying time.

Why Do I Need a Minnesota Taxotere Lawyer?

Treating cancer is incredibly expensive and time-consuming. You don’t need the costs or stress of an additional, preventable medical condition.

While it may be tempting to try to fight back against the drugmaker alone, it’s essential to know that the process will be more productive and less stressful with the help of an experienced lawyer. On average, those that attempt to collect damages without the help of a lawyer receive three times less than individuals that call on the assistance of an experienced attorney.

At Hotze Runkle, we have been fighting for victims of medical and pharmaceutical wrongs for years. Hotze Runkle works with a broad network of industry professionals, such as medical experts, legal aids, investigators, and attorneys. We work together to gather medical evidence and create an air-tight case in your favor. It’s vital for all of us that the liable company be held responsible for your canalicular stenosis.

According to Canalicular Stenosis Secondary to Weekly Versus Every-3-Weeks Docetaxel in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer by Bita Esmaeli, canalicular stenosis was entirely preventable if caught early. The pharmaceutical company should have informed medical professionals of the side-effects of Taxotere as timely diagnosis of the condition is crucial in preventing further damage.

If diagnosed early on with the side-effect, the doctor can insert a bicanalicular silicone stent into the eye, stopping excessive tearing. It’s a simple treatment that could have kept you from unnecessary pain and suffering.

Hotze Runkle wants to help you and thousands of others by holding Sanofi-Aventis responsible for their negligence.

Why Choose Hotze Runkle?

Patrick Hotze and Ryan Runkle founded Hotze Runkle in 2007 with the shared commitment to fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves. Since then, we are honored to say that we have collected more than $100,000,000 in damages for our clients. Our clients come from all over the country and share a need to fight back against the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies and regain their livelihoods. Hotze Runkle works hard every day to ensure the current and future financial security of our clients.

Our team of experienced product liability lawyers is committed to helping individuals that have faced suffering due to the negligence of others. Let Hotze Runkle help your family fight back against those that caused your Taxotere-related tearing and canalicular stenosis.

What is Canalicular Stenosis?

Taxotere is a chemotherapy treatment used by thousands of individuals. Unfortunately, Taxotere can cause many disorienting and damaging side-effects. One of those side-effects is epiphora. Epiphora is when an individual’s eyes regularly tear up, causing tears to stream continuously. When epiphora goes unchecked, it leads to canalicular stenosis.

When our eyes are working as they should, excess tears have a system in which to drain. The tears drain from our eyes into a pathway that empties into the lacrimal sac. After that, the liquid flows into the nasolacrimal duct and then into the nasal cavity.

However, when our systems are not working correctly, and our pathways get obstructed, it leads to canalicular stenosis. Canalicular stenosis comes with painful results, such as excessive tearing, swelling, and blurred vision. These effects can make it nearly impossible to drive, read, wear makeup, or go about our daily routine.

While most patients taking Taxotere receive the drug every week, others may take it on a less regular schedule. It’s important to note that even those patients who do not take Taxotere regularly or have finished their treatment, can be at risk of canalicular stenosis. In many cases, patients have developed watery eyes after completing their Taxotere treatment.

Unfortunately for patients taking Taxotere, canalicular stenosis is not the only eye-related side-effects that can occur.

Further eye-related complications include the following:

  • Swollen eyelids
  • Cloudy vision
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dry eyes
  • Loss of vision

Our eye and vision health affect our overall quality of life. Eye-related complications can prevent you from going through life normally and keep you from accomplishing necessary tasks.

Canalicular stenosis, and all of the other eye-related complications caused by Taxotere, are entirely preventable. If you or someone you love is suffering from canalicular stenosis or any other eye-related side-effect after taking Taxotere, you must contact an experienced Minnesota Taxotere lawyer today.

How is Canalicular Stenosis Treated?

Without preventative measures, canalicular stenosis is treated by a costly, invasive procedure called Dacryocystorhinostomy. Dacryocystorhinostomy helps to remove the excess fluid and mucus from the eyes by taking out the bone near the nasolacrimal sac. The sac is then moved to create a new, unobstructed pathway. If all goes well, the surgery will help tears to drain directly into the nasal cavity, going around the obstructed duct entirely.

As with any medical procedure, Dacryocystorhinostomy comes with potential complications. In undergoing any surgery, you’re putting your body through further stress. There are also additional risks associated with sedation.

After undergoing Dacryocystorhinostomy, patients can suffer from the following side-effects:

  • Potential blindness
  • Brain fluid leakage
  • Facial scarring around the eyes
  • Sinusitis
  • Blood hemorrhaging
  • Abnormally fused nose tissue

If the Dacryocystorhinostomy doesn’t work as intended, patients may have to undergo additional, costly surgeries in the future.

Because canalicular stenosis was entirely preventable, so is the resulting Dacryocystorhinostomy procedure. If the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Taxotere had notified your medical providers of the potential risk for epiphora, you would have never suffered so unnecessarily or required expensive, invasive correctional procedures.

How Do I Know If I Have a Claim?

If you have suffered at all due to the side-effects of taking Taxotere, you have a claim. No matter the circumstances surrounding your Taxotere treatment, you could be eligible to recover damages for your physical, emotional, and financial stress. With Hotze Runkle by your side, you can receive the compensation you deserve.

It’s important to know that even if your cancer was successfully treated from taking Taxotere, you are still eligible to file a claim. The side-effects caused by the drug are life-changing and excessive, and you deserve financial help to ease some of that burden. Chemotherapy is stressful enough for your physical and mental health. Someone has to be held liable for the additional, entirely preventable side-effects of Taxotere.

With over 8,000 pending lawsuits, Sanofi-Aventis is finally going to be held responsible for their neglectful and immoral actions; and you can be a part of that.

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you know has suffered debilitating side-effects from taking Taxotere or another chemotherapy drug, the defective drug attorneys of Hotze Runkle can help. Together, we can make sure that the responsible parties pay for the pain they have inflicted upon thousands of cancer patients.

Hotze Runkle will help you get the full and fair compensation you’re owed from Sanofi-Aventis. Our team will do everything we can to ensure your financial security so that you can focus entirely on healing and moving forward with your life.

Take our quiz online today and see if you qualify for compensation.