Truvada is an antiretroviral drug manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc. and was first approved for the treatment of HIV infections in 2004 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
While the drug was initially a success, the truth has finally come to light.
Truvada has been linked to potentially life-threatening side effects that include serious kidney and bone-related damages. Lawsuits have begun to emerge against Gilead with plaintiffs claiming that the company was fully aware of these issues, while also purposely withholding a safer alternative that could have prevented them from arising.
Ranked 18th among the 50 states in the number of HIV diagnoses in 2015 according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, Indiana has thousands of residents who are not only affected by the condition but who could also face the dangerous side effects caused by using Truvada.
Our Indiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm are currently investigating claims by individuals who have suffered damages as a result of using Truvada. To learn more about your ability to file a claim against Gilead Sciences Inc., contact us right now at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
There are two active agents in Truvada which inhibit the activity of an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase. It is this particular enzyme that HIV uses to replicate itself in healthy cells. By stopping this activity, Truvada is able to help control the development of the condition in HIV-positive users, as well as limit the risk of contracting the virus.
These two components are:
It is the TDF component which is linked to both bone and kidney damage.
Research and health organizations who have studied TDF have associated the agent with bone demineralization, which can ultimately lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures. Additionally, because Truvada requires heavy doses of TDF, the drug can cause substantial kidney damage. It is believed that this, in turn, also affects bone loss.
As the kidneys are no longer able to function at their full capacity, they cannot return vital bone-building nutrients back into the body, thus attributing to the issue of bone loss.
It should be noted that Truvada is not the only TDF-based medication that Gilead Sciences Inc. has developed and marketed. The following HIV drugs can also lead to bone and/or kidney-related damages:
The Indiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm are committed to helping right the wrongs done against the victims who used Truvada. To learn more about your ability to file a claim, contact us at (314) 310-7924.
Individuals who are living with HIV and using Truvada, may be eligible to file a claim against Gilead Sciences. When you reach out to Onder Law Firm, our defective drug attorneys will be able to help you understand your legal options by providing a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
If you have suffered from any of the following kidney complications after a medical regimen of Truvada, then you – or a surviving family member – may be able to file a claim:
Individuals suffering from bone-related health issues may also be eligible to file a claim. These types of damages can include:
Individuals who were prescribed Truvada after it arrived on the market may be susceptible to debilitating injuries. Let our Indiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys help you hold Gilead Sciences accountable. Contact us today at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE case evaluation.
The most important step that you can take if you have used Truvada for some time is to seek out medical attention. A qualified physician will be able to determine exactly what types of injuries you may have suffered.
Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may need to undergo immediate hospitalization or emergency care. A diagnosis of a serious kidney or bone-related injury will be documented, which can then be used as proof to validate your claim.
Once you have attained the necessary medical care, you will then want to secure evidence of your use of Truvada. Records/documents can be secured through your primary physician, pharmacy/pharmacist, or the hospital where you were treated.
Please note that you should speak with your doctor before stopping the use of Truvada. Your physician may be able to provide you with alternative options or recommend a plan designed to help better protect your health.
Choosing to stop Truvada on your own can lead to serious health issues.
Additional forms of evidence you will want to secure include:
Reach out to the Indiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm as soon as possible. Statute of limitations require that your lawsuit be filed within a certain time frame. Failure to do so in a timely manner will essentially negate your ability to seek out compensation for the damages you have suffered.
While anyone can contract HIV, certain populations are more vulnerable to becoming affected by the condition. By correlation, it is these populations who may also face a greater risk of being negatively affected by the use of Truvada.
According to the 2017 HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic Profile for Indiana:
In terms of race/ethnicity:
Subgroups who were most affected include:
Again, it is worth noting these populations as they are much more likely to be prescribed Truvada or be involved in a serodiscordant relationship with a partner taking Truvada.
If you have suffered from any of the health issues mentioned above after consistently using Truvada, you may qualify to recover compensation for damages such as but not limited to:
We will make sure you recover the justice and compensation that you are due. Contact Onder Law Firm right now at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE consultation. There is hope.
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