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Kentucky Truvada Lawsuit Lawyers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Gilead Sciences Inc. antiretroviral drug Truvada as an HIV treatment in 2004.

Truvada quickly became a widely prescribed drug to treat HIV amongst those living with the virus . Since then, scientific findings emerged revealing that key ingredient of Truvada, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), was highly toxic and caused serious health complications for HIV positive individuals.

Gilead Sciences Inc., Truvada’s manufacturer, now faces thousands of lawsuits filed by users of the drug that have suffered TDF-related health complications. The lawsuits allege that the pharmaceutical giant had knowledge of the dangers associated with the toxic TDF ingredient, yet they continued to mass market and produce Truvada along with other TDF-based products.

If you or someone you love has sustained bone or kidney issues after taking Truvada, you should seek help from our reputable legal team experienced in holding negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable. Contact the Kentucky Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm for a FREE consultation now.

The Side Effects and Dangers of Truvada for HIV Treatment

Truvada is an HIV treatment drug made up of two HIV treatment medications called emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. When used in combination with safer sex practices, the medication is set to treat side effects in persons living with HIV while working as a preventative measure in those at-risk but HIV negative.

Tenofovir works by inhibiting reverse transcriptase, an enzyme that HIV uses to  replicate. The treatment reduced the amount of HIV in the blood and lessens the ability to spread from the site of infection.

Non-threatening side effects of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate have been listed as the following:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Itchiness and rash

Serious and life threatening side effects have been listed detailing the health complications that can arise from taking TDF in high amounts. Such health issues include new or worsening kidney issues and bone demineralization.

Symptoms of the life-threatening health complications caused by Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate include:

Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Kidney Toxicity
  • Renal Damage
  • Trouble Urinating
  • Kidney Failure

Bone Demineralization

  • Bone necrosis
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia

Patients that have suffered the listed health complications after taking Truvada should pursue legal action against Gilead for the side effects they failed to warn us about. The Kentucky Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm are ready to fight for you.

An Overview of Kentucky HIV

Particular groups are more at-risk of exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus and thus are more at risk for taking Truvada and suffering tenofovir-related injuries. This includes LGBT individuals, specifically men who have sex with men and racial minorities.

As of 2016, there are 6,836 individuals living with HIV in the state of Kentucky. Of this total:

  • 32.8 percent were African Americans
  • 55.7 percent were Hispanic/Latinx
  • 6.8 percent were White
  • 80.6 percent identified as male
  • 19.4 percent identified as female

New cases of HIV emerge every year in the state. The latest data reveals 349 new diagnoses were made in 2017.

If HIV affected individuals are not treated with antiretroviral drugs, then the virus may lead to the fatal disease Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In 2016, 32.4 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in Kentucky developed AIDS within three months of their diagnosis. There were a total of 114 HIV-related deaths for that same year.

Those who may have been prescribed Truvada may be affected by both chronic bone and kidney diseases caused by excess consumption of the TDF drug.

LGBT individuals and racial minorities who have HIV should be aware of the side effects associated with TDF and seek medical attention and legal representation with the experienced Kentucky Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm accordingly.

Gilead Company Faces Legal Repercussions For Misinforming the Public

Thousands of people living with HIV put their faith in Gilead Sciences Inc. to treat the virus. In 2018, the company yielded over $14 billion in profits for HIV treatments.

The pharmaceutical company is now under litigation as lawsuits emerge alleging that Gilead shelved a safer alternative to TDF in order to protect sales. Meanwhile, TDF’s patent was still active until 2015 and thriving.

Such lawsuits allege that Gilead’s tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) products were shelved back in 2004 in order to maintain booming sales of their TDF products. However, the company failed to inform the public of the dangers that excess tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) was capable of.

Other Gilead drugs containing TDF include Viread, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild. TAF based medications such as Genvoya reached the market in 2015, when the TDF patent was up.

More news and allegations against Gilead surfaced after two men filed a class action lawsuit before the California civil court. The allegations are in account of Gilead withholding knowledge of dangerous TDF side effects and shelving the much safer TAF in order to make billions in profits.

Many participants of this class action lawsuit are coming forward, collectively represented according to similar experiences and injuries caused by the negligent company, Gilead. While class action lawsuits send strong messages to pharmaceutical companies to avoid such questionable business practices, it undercuts the victim’s compensation value. In this case, it’s better to file your own product liability claim with an experienced attorney.

The Kentucky Truvada lawsuit attorneys are actively seeking out those who have suffered TDF-related injuries after using Truvada to treat HIV. Individuals can maximize the amount of monetary compensation from Gilead and should contact Onder Law Firm now at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE case review and legal consultation.

Product Liability Claims in Kentucky

When a product causes injury to an individual, manufacturers are held to legal repercussions in accordance to their state’s particular product liability laws.

Product liability claims may only be brought forth if applicable to the theories of negligence, strict liability, or a breach of warranty.

Pharmaceutical companies such as Gilead Sciences Inc. may face a product liability lawsuit if proof of injury and type of defect are provided.

Types of defects in products liability claims include the following:

  1. Manufacturing Defects – a manufacturer is liable if an error occurs in the assembly or manufacturing of a product.
  2. Design Defects – a manufacturer is liable if a product is designed in a way that is inherently not safe for intended use by consumers.
  3. Marketing Defects – a manufacturer is liable if they fail to make side effects reasonably known, do not label the item in a way that makes the intended use easily understood, or if the product is missing necessary warnings.

If you or someone you love has been injured, the statute of limitations in which a victim of products liability is permitted to file a claim is one (1) year from the date of injury.

Individuals rely on pharmaceutical companies to provide drugs and products that can help alleviate sickness and health complications. Individuals that have been harmed by a manufacturer of drugs should seek legal counsel to hold such companies accountable.

What To Do If Truvada Caused You Harm?

On top of the risks and dangers associated with HIV, susceptible groups must now worry about the potentially life-threatening ingredients in their antiretroviral treatments. Victims of TDF toxicity have suffered serious and fatal health complications due to Gilead Sciences Inc.’s negligence and corrupt business schemes.

Truvada users who begin to experience symptoms of bone demineralization orchronic kidney disease should seek medical attention immediately. These conditions can cause permanent damage and even death if not treated promptly.

Once you have seen a medical professional, seek the best Truvada lawsuit attorneys in Kentucky at Onder Law Firm. You deserve to be represented by knowledgeable product liability attorneys who are experienced in taking down pharmaceutical giants for their negligence.

The following damages may be compensable for victims of TDF-related injuries:

  • 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

Although no amount of compensation can reverse the pain and suffering caused by Truvada-related injuries, we aim to help victims better cope with the financial losses that can result from the situation. Know that you are not alone, and we will fight for you.

Gilead Sciences Inc. profited off of their schemes and should pay their victims for the harm and injury they caused. With the help of the dedicated and skilled Kentucky Truvada lawsuits attorneys of Onder Law Firm, you can rest assured that justice will be served. Call (314) 310-7924 now for your FREE legal consultation.

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