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Louisiana Truvada Lawsuit

An active ingredient found in Truvada an HIV treatment drug, was recently linked to the development of certain bone and kidney complications within its users, and their manufacturer, Gilead Sciences Inc., is currently under a lot of legal heat.

The tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) within Truvada is meant to suppress the growth of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), enticing hundreds of thousands of individuals living with the virus to take the medication to prevent the spread and growth of HIV within themselves and their loved ones.

Because of the negative side effects it causes, those hurt by the defective product are looking for experienced Louisiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys like ours at Onder Law Firm to represent their claim in the civil court and win the full amount of compensation they need to get their lives back on track.

Count on the determined Louisiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm to win your claim. Contact us at (314) 310-7924 today to schedule your FREE, no-obligation case review.

What You Should do After You Have Been Injured by Truvada Use

Since prolonged use of Truvada can cause multiple kinds of complications, users should remain vigilant for any onset of pain or symptoms from their kidneys or bones. Seeking out immediate medical attention is imperative, as doctors can conduct specific tests to determine the severity of the complications inflicted by TDF consumption.

There, a doctor can help you draft a treatment, diet, and exercise plan that can help you recover. Nursing staff will also record what injuries you sustained and what treatments were administered, which can be reviewed by an experienced attorney to strengthen your case.

Once you are discharged from the hospital, contact the Louisiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm to get started on your product liability claim. Statute of limitations for product liability in the State of Louisiana is one (1) year from when the injury was sustained.

Giving your attorney plenty of time to shape your case, gather relevant evidence, and interview medical and engineering professionals will increase your chances to win the compensation that you need to recover properly.

Overview of Louisiana HIV Statistics

Many of the people who live with HIV are the same individuals that are suffering from serious health complications caused by Truvada.

Over 20,085 were living with HIV in Louisiana back in 2016, which was equal to a rate of 518 people living with the virus per 100,000. These individuals affected by the virus are diverse members of Louisiana’s parishes, where:

  • 4% were African-American
  • 6% were Hispanic/Latinx
  • 7% were Caucasian
  • 5% identified as a male
  • 5% identified as female

Some of the top five parishes in Louisiana that are affected by the growth and spread of HIV are:

  • Iberville Parish – 1,020 people living with HIV per 100,000.
  • East Baton Rouge Parish – 1,026 people were living with HIV per 100,000.
  • East Feliciana Parish – 1,057 individuals had lived with HIV per 100,000.
  • West Feliciana Parish – 1,088 people had been living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Orleans Parish – 1,432 individuals contracted the virus per 100,000.

Twenty-sixteen also found that 407 individuals that were living with HIV died due to its complications, which meant that for every 100,000 people in Louisiana, 11 of them died because of the virus. In the following year, 1,031 new cases of HIV were diagnosed. Men that were newly diagnosed with the virus were found to have contracted it from:

  • Male-to-Male Sexual Contact (68.6%)
  • Heterosexual Contact (12.1%)
  • Injection Drug Use (10%)
  • Male-to-Male Sexual Contact and Injection Drug Use (8.3%)
  • Other (1%percent)

Newly diagnosed women contracted HIV from:

  • Heterosexual Contact (79%)
  • Injection Drug Use (18.9%)
  • Other (2.1%)

Thanks to modern medicine, conditions like HIV no longer condemns individuals vto death, but severe side effects from the medications that treat HIV like Truvada can be worse than the condition they were meant to treat.

The Louisiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm want to help you voice your discontent at Gilead Sciences Inc. and win the compensation you are due. Contact us at (314) 310-7924 for your FREE case review today.

The Complications Associated With Truvada Use

In order to reduce the activity of reverse transcriptase—an enzyme responsible for the replication of HIV-infected cells—excessive amounts of TDF within Truvada are required. While it does suppress the growth and spread of the virus within the body of the user, these excessive amounts of TDF can do devastating damage to their body.

Tenofovir DF drains bones of calcium and other minerals that keep them in good condition. This loss of bone density will leave bones brittle and easily susceptible to bone fractures. Over time, other bone conditions may arise with continued Truvada use:

  • Discomfort in Extremities
  • Decreased Bone Mineral Density
  • Bone Deterioration or Osteoporosis
  • Bone Loss or Osteopenia
  • Dental Complications (e.g. Tooth Decay and Loss)

Bones aren’t the only parts of the user’s body that are affected. Excessive amounts of TDF can cause the kidneys to overproduce serum creatinine, an early indicator of chronic kidney disease. As more TDF accumulates within the kidneys, other significant conditions can manifest, such as:

  • Declining Kidney Function/Decreased Urination
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Fanconi Syndrome
  • Kidney Failure

If users aren’t careful, taking Truvada can also do irreparable damage to preexisting bone and kidney conditions.

Gilead’s Troubling Past

Gilead is no stranger to the civil court. Throughout the 30 years that the company has been in business, several lawsuits have been filed that state many of Gilead’s past wrongdoings.

Earlier in 2019, Gilead was accused of funneling kickbacks to essentially bribe professionals within the medical industry in an effort to sell and prescribe more of their HIV and Hepatitis B medications. Doctors’ yearly salaries, medical center software, and laboratory equipment upgrades were funded to achieve this, and in other instances, personnel was hired to facilitate prescriptions of their drugs.

Another lawsuit that happened just a few years ago claimed that Gilead concealed information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding what countries they sourced their ingredients from. Instead of acquiring these ingredients from approved places like the United States, Canada, Germany, or South Korea, Gilead acquired its ingredients from an unapproved Chinese source. To make matters worse, the ingredient was contaminated.

However, nothing would prepare the company for the justified onslaught of current lawsuits. Two men that used Truvada and developed debilitating side effects have filed personal injury lawsuits against Gilead, alleging that the company had shelved a safer alternative to their TDF products.

Gilead had manufactured TDF products around the same time they had manufactured the safer alternative known as tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) back in 2001. The company allegedly stopped production on TAF medication in order to:

  1. Secure the patent they had on TDF drugs until 2015.
  2. Charge exorbitant amounts of money for their drugs.
  3. Sell their drugs containing TAF as a new and improved formula right after TDF’s patent expired.

Tenofovir AF products like Genvoya are safer than its TDF counterparts because it comes in smaller doses and works just as effectively at suppressing HIV-cell replication. Shelving TAF products in order to sell off their TDF products would ultimately generate over $11 billion in Truvada sales. Gilead, however, knew about the negative side effects their medication could cause in consumers but sold it anyway.

As word got out about Gilead’s deception, many users of Truvada discovered where their kidney and bone complications stemmed from and flocked to law offices throughout the nation to file product liability claims — even class-action lawsuits — against the pharmaceutical titan.

While a class-action lawsuit may offer some sort of solidarity and send a clear message to pharmaceutical companies that this kind of practice is unacceptable, joining one will undercut the value of your claim. Hiring a dedicated Louisiana Truvada lawsuit attorney from Onder Law Firm gets you the full monetary compensation that you need to improve your quality of life after your injury from Truvada use or treat the injuries Gilead inflicted upon you.

Gilead Sciences Inc. deceived and profited from the people of Louisiana. Get your voice heard and the compensation that is owed to you. Contact your experienced Louisiana Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm at (314) 310-7924 or reach out to us online for your FREE, no-obligation case review today.

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