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Minnesota Truvada Lawsuits

As of 2016, a total of 8,065 people in Minnesota were found to be living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a rate that signified that per 100,000 people, 176 of them were living with the virus. Many medications have been created over the years to help treat HIV, but one pharmaceutical company, in particular, took it to the next level.

Truvada was manufactured with the intention of stopping the growth and spread of HIV when taken together with other HIV medications, and for a while, the drug made its parent company, Gilead Sciences Inc., very wealthy. The positive image that the company fostered among the demographics living with HIV, however, would be short-lived.

Soon after, it was discovered that an active ingredient inside Truvada, called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), was linked to the development of serious bone and kidney complications in users. Gilead knew about the negative side effects of their drug, and now thousands are coming forward to air out their grievances and seeking compensation that is rightfully owed to them. That’s where the Minnesota Truvada lawsuit lawyers of Onder Law Firm come in.

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Truvada’s Side Effects and Complications

In order to be truly effective, Truvada pills must contain very large amounts of TDF. These excessive amounts of TDF reduce the activity of the enzyme reverse transcriptase, which fights off further replication of HIV-infected cells.

While the result of taking this TDF-based medicine often produces less HIV-infected cells within the user’s body, the excessive amounts of TDF negatively affect the kidneys and bone of the user. As TDF drains bone of calcium and other minerals it depends on to stay strong, bones become more brittle and easily fractured. As time passes, other bone complications like the following can occur:

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

With kidneys, excessive amounts of TDF can cause the organs to overproduce serum creatinine, an early symptom of chronic kidney disease. If given enough time and little attention, this can progress into life-threatening kidney complications like:

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

Pre-existing kidney and bone complications that users suffer from can actually be made worse if they take Truvada.

Overview of Minnesota HIV Statistics

It is important to identify the demographics affected by HIV in order to pinpoint the potential users of Truvada. Discovering who they are can help us to get them the medical attention they need to avoid or treat the bone and kidney damages linked to the TDF in Truvada. Out of the 8,065 people that have the virus:

  • 4 percent were African-American
  • 6 percent were Hispanic/Latinx
  • 3 percent were Caucasian
  • 76 percent identified as a male
  • 24 percent identified as female

Minnesota has made strides in fighting off the HIV epidemic over the years, where now only a few counties are affected such as:

  • Olmsted County – 157 individuals contracted the virus per 100,000.
  • Mower County – 173 people had been living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Grant County – 183 individuals had lived with HIV per 100,000.
  • Ramsey County – 290 people were living with HIV per 100,000.
  • Hennepin County – 406 people living with HIV per 100,000.

In 2016, around 70 people—equivalent to around 2 people living with HIV per 100,000—died due to HIV complications. It was determined in the following year that 278 new cases of HIV were diagnosed, indicating a rate of 6 people that are newly diagnosed with the virus per 100,000. Out of the new diagnoses, men were discovered to have contracted the virus through:

  • Male-to-Male Sexual Contact (77.7 percent)
  • Male-to-Male Sexual Contact and Injection Drug Use (8.2 percent)
  • Heterosexual Contact (7.1 percent)
  • Injection Drug Use (5.6 percent)
  • Other (1.4 percent)

Newly diagnosed women were found to have contracted HIV from:

  • Heterosexual Contact (82.7 percent)
  • Injection Drug Use (14.2 percent)
  • Other (3.1 percent)

With modern advances in medicine, HIV is no longer the death sentence that it used to be. At the same time, users of these medications shouldn’t have to trade successful treatment of the side effects of HIV for losing their bones and kidneys. In 2018, 2,034 people decided to take an HIV medication like Truvada in tandem with other HIV medications to fight back against the virus. That’s 44 individuals prescribed per 100,000 people, but if the treatment they were taking contained TDF, they may be worsening their condition.

Don’t let big pharmaceutical companies scare you into submission. Hire Onder Law Firm to amplify your discontent at Gilead Sciences Inc. by calling (314) 310-7924 for your FREE case review today.

Past Legal Troubles With Gilead

As if multiple lawsuits filed over Gilead’s 30 plus years in operation weren’t enough, another series of lawsuits is being thrown onto the pile. Before, Gilead had been sued for allegedly funneling kickbacks to fund doctors’ yearly salaries, medical center upgrades, laboratory upgrades, and personnel to facilitate prescriptions of their HIV and Hepatitis B medication.

Other lawsuits claimed that the company had concealed information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to begin sourcing active ingredients from unapproved vendors in China. All of this, however, would pale in comparison to what Gilead is currently being sued for.

Two gentlemen who sustained negative side effects from their use of Truvada have come forward to the California civil court with allegations claiming that Gilead Sciences Inc. had shelved a safer alternative to their TDF-based medications called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) in order to:

  1. Secure the patent they had on the drugs.
  2. Charge large amounts of money to consumers who buy their drugs.
  3. Sell their drugs containing TAF as new and improved formulas.

Tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) was found early on in its manufacturing process to be just as effective as its TDF counterparts at smaller, safer doses. Gilead knew what kind of damage TDF could cause since both of the drugs’ creation in 2001. They knew TAF was safer but withheld it anyway to make profit off of their TDF medication, putting consumers directly into harm’s way.

Now, as thousands flock to join the class-action lawsuit filed by the two gentlemen in California, many are looking for experienced product liability lawyers to help them get the compensation that they are entitled to. While a class-action lawsuit is a powerful way to show your discontent to predatory pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences Inc., you won’t get the maximum value for your claim.

Filing a product liability claim with the Minnesota Truvada Lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm is your best shot at getting your voice heard and winning the maximum amount of monetary compensation that could be used to cover the damages Gilead knowingly inflicted upon you.

Contact our Minnesota Truvada lawsuit attorneys at (314) 310-7924 to set up your FREE legal consultation today.

What You Should Do After Developing Bone or Kidney Complications From Truvada Use

If you are taking Truvada to control the growth or spread of HIV and have experienced any of the aforementioned side effects, you need to get checked out by a doctor immediately. Specific tests will have to be administered to detect the severity of your bone and/or kidney complications, and your doctor can help you develop a treatment plan.

At the same time, the nursing staff may be recording the details of your injuries and treatment in your medical records. These records are strong pieces of evidence to submit in a civil lawsuit since it details what you suffered from and how it was treated.

After you have received treatment and were discharged from the hospital, you will need to find legal representation as soon as possible. In the state of Minnesota, the statute of limitations for product liability is four (4) years from the date the injury was sustained. If you haven’t filed a claim within that time frame, you have effectively forfeited it in the eyes of the civil court.

Fighting large corporations that prey on their consumers with dishonest business practices is something that our nationally-recognized law firm does best. We have won over $3 billion in certain verdicts and settlements for our clients, and if you have fallen ill because of Truvada use, we would be more than happy to help you get the compensatory damages you deserve, too.

Gilead Sciences Inc. must answer for the way that they deceived the people of Minnesota. Contact your experienced Minnesota Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm at (314) 310-7924 or online for your FREE, no-obligation case review today.

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