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Arkansas Truvada Lawsuit Attorneys

Gilead Sciences, Inc., was named in personal injury lawsuits in California for their participation in defective drug manufacturing and deceptive business practices which led to the harming of users living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The lawsuits claim that Gilead actively shelved a safer alternative to Truvada and took advantage of their patent on tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) to charge exorbitant prices for the medication. In time, the company dared to sell the safer alternative, tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), as a new and improved formula once their patent had lapsed in 2015.

As a consequence, users of Truvada developed debilitating bone and kidney complications. Now, these victims are enlisting the aid of experienced product liability lawyers to bring Gilead to justice in the civil court.

That’s where we come in.

Contact the Arkansas Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm at (314) 310-7924 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation case review today.

Prolonged Truvada Use and Its Underlying Side Effects

For Truvada to effectively do its job, it requires considerable amounts of TDF per dose. TDF, a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), targets an enzyme within the human body known as reverse transcriptase. This enzyme helps HIV replicate and the TDF component in Truvada helps to reduce the enzyme’s activity, essentially stopping the progress of HIV.

While Truvada has been viewed as a wonder drug, it does come with some dangerous side effects.

The excessive amounts of the TDF component in Truvada can have devastating effects on a user’s body. If the user has preexisting bone or kidney conditions – which many HIV-positive individuals already suffer from – they can worsen with Truvada use.

Prolonged Truvada use has been shown to drain bones of crucial minerals that make them strong. This loss of calcium and other minerals is known as osteopenia, a condition that can lead to osteoporosis. At this point, the user’s bones become brittle and prone to fractures.

Symptoms of bone complications that users of Truvada will want to watch out for include:

  • Extreme discomfort
  • Muscle pain
  • Worsening bone pain

It is also important to note that excessive amounts of TDF also greatly affect users’ kidneys. As kidneys become overworked filtering out all of this excess TDF from the body, they begin to overproduce serum creatinine. This overproduction often signals the beginning of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which if left untreated can cause:

  • Abnormal protein levels
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Fanconi’s syndrome
  • Low kidney function
  • Tubular dysfunction
  • Renal failure

Seek out medical attention immediately if you have developed the following symptoms of chronic kidney disease:

  • Anemia
  • Bruising
  • Changes in skin color
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to urinate
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

If you or someone you love who is living with HIV has taken Truvada for a long time along with their HIV treatment regimen and has experienced any of the aforementioned side effects and/or symptoms, you may qualify for compensation.

Contact the Arkansas Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm to get started on your claim now.

Overview of Arkansas HIV Facts and Statistics

The sad truth from the recent litigation regarding prolonged Truvada use and the injuries it causes shows us that the most common victims are individuals living with HIV. The following Arkansas HIV statistics sheds light on who exactly is at risk.

According to AIDSVu, an organization that researches HIV statistics, around 5,516 Arkansans were reported to be living with HIV in 2016. To put this total into perspective, out of every 100,000 people, 222 people lived with the virus that year, of which:

  • 2 percent were Caucasian.
  • 5 percent were African American.
  • 6 percent were Hispanic/Latinx.
  • 1 percent identified as male.
  • 9 percent identified as female.

Some of the most affected counties that same year included:

  • Lee County – 617 individuals living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Pulaski County – 564 individuals living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Crittenden County – 522 individuals living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Jefferson County – 477 individuals living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Chicot County – 384 individuals living with HIV per 100,000.

In 2017, around 290 new HIV cases were diagnosed, showing that males developed the virus from exposure to:

  • 1 percent Male-to-Male Sexual Contact
  • 8 percent Injection Drug Use
  • 4 percent Heterosexual Contact
  • 7 percent Male-to-Male Sexual Contact and Injection Drug Use

Women were found to have developed HIV from being exposed to:

  • 7 percent Heterosexual Contact
  • 3 percent Injection Drug Use

Ultimately, the virus would take the lives of 79 Arkansans in 2016. While individuals that live with the virus already have enough on their plate, the fact that Gilead would take advantage of them is a grievous mistake that must be met in civil court with the right Arkansas Truvada lawsuit attorneys.

Let Onder Law Firm represent your Truvada product liability claim today. Contact us at (314) 310-7924 to speak about your case with an experienced attorney.

More About Gilead’s Ongoing Litigation

Gilead’s recent lawsuits are far from being the first they have faced throughout their 30 years of operation – and it certainly isn’t the first time that the company put profits over people.

The two gentlemen that filed their respective personal injury lawsuits allege that Gilead Sciences Inc. had known of TDF’s harmful side effects since they manufactured it back in 2001. To make matters worse, the lawsuits also alleged that Gilead had manufactured TAF, the safer alternative, around the same time.

It is also alleged that Gilead concealed this information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to secure a patent for its TDF drugs and charge steep prices, a move that would earn the company billions per year.

Once this patent expired in 2015, TAF-based products were marketed as an improved formula that can be taken at smaller, safer doses but were still sold at high prices. This ensured that the company would continue to enjoy large profit margins at the expense of their users’ health.

Due to this deception, the two gentlemen also filed a class-action lawsuit in an effort to recruit more victims of Truvada’s negative side effects.

That’s why you need the experienced product liability attorneys of Onder Law Firm who have the gumption to take on big pharmaceutical manufacturers in order to help you secure full and fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

Gilead took advantage of you and now it’s time to bring them to justice. Contact us at (314) 310-7924 to schedule your FREE legal consultation today.

How Onder Law Firm Can Help You in Your Claim

Product liability is a complex field of law to navigate through on your own, and recruiting a law firm that doesn’t have much experience in the field can be just as big of a detriment to the value of your claim.

Hiring an experienced law firm like Onder Law Firm ensures you peace of mind knowing that your concerns will be addressed and the compensation we will fight for is fair for the injuries you have sustained.

At Onder Law Firm, we have made a name for ourselves by fighting large corporations that have harmed consumers in the past. We have collected over $3 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we are more than happy to fight tooth and nail for your right to full restitution.

During your consultation, our lawyer will ask you a series of questions in order to fully understand what kind of product liability case you have. It’ll usually fall into one of the following three categories:

  1. Defective Design – The injury you sustained was caused by a product that was inherently defective by design.
  2. Defective Manufacturing – The injury you sustained happened because the product you used was made defective during the manufacturing process.
  3. Failure to Warn Defect – The injury you sustained was caused by a dangerous product that contained no warnings, safety instructions, or warranties.

Once your product liability case has been reviewed, your lawyer will be hard at work collecting as much evidence as they can. This usually involves hospital documentation showcasing injuries and expenses, testimonies from industry experts (e.g. medical professionals, engineers, accident recreation specialists, etc.), medical and drug receipts, and anything else that can prove that Truvada caused your kidney and bone injuries.

When your lawyer has collected a sufficient amount of evidence, your fight for the compensation you need begins. Our attorneys will work to secure recovery for but not limited to:

  • Medical Bills (past, present, and future)
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Lost Wages (past, present, and future)
  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Loss of Quality of Life
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Emotional Damages
  • Wrongful Death Damages

Take your life back into your own hands. Bring Gilead to justice for the harm they caused you and your family. Recruit the experienced Arkansas Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm to help you accomplish this.

Contact our dependable product liability attorneys at (314) 310-7924 for your FREE case review today.

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