EAST ST. LOUIS – A Madison County woman alleges she was injured from taking a prescription drug used to treat breast cancer.

Debra Koontz filed a complaint on July 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Sanofi SA, Aventis Pharma SA, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, doing business as Winthrop U.S., alleging product liability and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she sustained damages for injuries caused by using docetaxel, a prescription medication used in the treatment of breast cancer. She alleges she suffered permanent baldness, mental anguish and economic damages. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because the defendants allegedly developed, manufactured, promoted, marketed, distributed, warranted, and sold docetaxel and failed to provide accurate information and proper warnings to medical providers and patients of its side effects.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in an amount to be determined at trial, costs, expert and attorneys’ fees, pre- and post-judgment interest, and such other further relief as the court may deem appropriate, just, and proper. She is represented by Mark R. Niemeyer and Michael S. Kruse of Niemeyer, Grebel, & Kruse in St. Louis, Missouri and Darin L. Schanker and J. Kyle Bachus of Bachus & Schanker LLC in Denver, Colorado.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:16-cv-00805

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