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San Francisco Truvada Lawsuit

HIV-diagnosed patients seek nucleoside reverse transcriptase treatments to better cope with the symptoms of the virus. Truvada, an HIV treatment drug which was released in 2004, became widely used.

Truvada was a standout. Truvada was created and manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc., a big pharmaceutical company that was once trusted by many doctors and their patients.

Trust in the company shifted when evidence emerged that the HIV treatment and prevention drug could result in an increased risk for deadly conditions like bone loss and severe kidney damage. Now, those injured by the drug are seeking restitution.

Contact the experienced San Francisco Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm at (314) 310-7924 now for your FREE case review.

How is Truvada Taken?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system and makes those who have it more susceptible to other infections. When HIV is not treated, it can progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency virus) which can ultimately lead to death.

Patients who have been diagnosed with HIV can use Truvada in combination with other HIV drugs to stop the replication of HIV-infected cells.

Two key ingredients in the HIV prescription include embicitrane and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), which are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). NRTIs are extremely potent and efficient at controlling HIV.

Truvada is meant to be taken once daily, at the same time every single day.

The Dangerous Side Effects of Truvada

Life-threatening issues that Truvada patients have experienced include chronic kidney disease and bone mineral loss.

Signs that you may have developed chronic kidney disease, or are experiencing kidney failure include:

  • Anemia
  • Changes in skin color
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bruising
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin irritability
  • Muscle discomfort
  • Inability to urinate

Those experiencing drastic bone loss, or bone demineralization can experience the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Bone fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle discomfort
  • Aching bones that worsens overtime

Gilead Lied to the Public for Profits

Gilead Sciences Inc. has become widely known and profitable for their HIV treatments and pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs, including Truvada.

Although many doctors and patients trusted the drug to treat and prevent HIV, TDF-based drugs caused users to develop the aforementioned life-threatening health conditions.

The company soon began to face allegations that they were negligent in sharing the truth about the risks associated with the TDF-based drugs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and also by withholding information surrounding a safer alternative.

Class action and personal injury lawsuits were filed against the pharmaceutical company before the California civil court. These lawsuits initiated a chain reaction of victims coming forward with their own injuries, seeking to recover compensation from the negligent company.

While joining a class action lawsuit seems within your best interest, it can undercut the value of your claim. Those who have suffered the damaging effects of the toxic NRTI-drug are entitled to compensation and should seek to recover damages with an experienced Truvada lawsuit attorney from Onder Law Firm by their side.

San Francisco HIV Demographics

San Francisco ranks high among the states with large numbers of individuals living with HIV. Statistics for HIV diagnoses in the State of California as of 2017 are as follows:

  • Nearly 16,000 residents have the human immunodeficiency virus.
  • Although the total number of diagnoses have been in decline in recent years, there were still 221 new cases diagnosed in 2017.
  • 74 percent of the newly diagnosed cases were amongst gay and bisexual men. Out of the total diagnoses, 85 percent were virally suppressed within the same year.
  • By the end of 2017, 9,227 of the total number of those HIV cases were classified as AIDS.
  • 86 percent of the diagnoses identified as male and 74 percent were men who have sex with men. Most of the individuals diagnosed were between 25 and 39 years old.
  • A majority were also white, which is a contrast from the national average in which African American, Black, Hispanic, and Latinx individuals are disproportionately affected. This is large in part to the low percentage of the minority population in comparison to the total population.

Should I File A Personal or Class Action Claim?

The initial lawsuits filed against Gilead before Californian courts were both personal claims and class action claims. It is important to know what sets the two apart before you decide on what attorney to work with and what type of claim to file.

In a personal product liability claim, you are the sole plaintiff. Although the defendant is facing lawsuits from other party’s, you attorney is going to give special attention to your set of circumstances against the guilty party, Gilead Sciences Inc.

Class action mass tort claims have been arranged to represent victims in similar situations. The way class action works is that an attorney will collectively investigate, gather evidence of negligence, and hold the defendant accountable for the harm they have caused various parties.

Both routes seek compensatory and punitive damages; however, you can get a larger sum of compensation and a more individualized approach to your unique claim when you seek to pursue an individual claim against the company.

Given that Gilead is such a large corporation, this move can be intimidating, but trust that with committed and diligent attorneys from Onder Law Firm, your compensation will be fought for with persistent and effective efforts.

Eligibility for a Product Liability Claim

Individuals who have suffered bone or kidney damage after taking Truvada or other TDF-based drugs should seek medical care prior to all else. Your physician can help decide on the best option for your health.

Next, it would be beneficial to get in contact with our Truvada lawsuit attorney who can provide a zero-obligation, cost-free consultation.

Product liability claims are settled based on the evidence of negligence. Your attorney will take a look at your circumstances and see if there is potential to build a claim.

Bringing the following elements to a consultation can assist you in being eligible for a claim:

  1. You have documentation provided by a physician that demonstrates your Truvada for PrEP history.
  2. You have proof of suffering bone demineralization, kidney failure, liver disease, or lactic acidosis.
  3. A timeline of injuries shows you suffered these conditions after being prescribed Truvada.
  4. Proof that your injuries are a direct result of the drug manufacturer’s error in manufacturing, design, or advertisement.
  5. Bills which show that your injuries have resulted in financial losses.

Qualified Truvada attorneys will work to help build evidence of Gilead’s negligence based on what you provide us. Though it can seem like a challenging process to recover damages from such a huge corporation, know that the settlement we secure for you will be all worth it in the end.

Why Should I Contact Onder Law Firm?

If you still don’t know if you want to handle your case alone, in a group of similar plaintiffs, or independently with specialized attention to your situation, know that our clients are always satisfied with the ease of which they come by compensation.

Since Gilead is facing so many opponents, they and their insurance company are working diligently to devalue claims. A product liability claim can be challenging against this defendant, but nothing our product liability attorneys can’t handle.

The quicker we can prove negligence, the faster you get your deserved settlement. Our top priority in your personal injury claim is no one else but you.

The skillful San Francisco Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm are ready to provide your cost-FREE, no-obligation legal consultation when you call (314) 310-7924 or reach out to us online now.

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