Truvada is a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences Inc.
Thousands of Americans living with HIV use the drug in an effort to control the effects and spread of the virus. While the drug first appeared to be a lifesaver, its long term side effects have finally come to light, and it appears as if it is far from being the ideal treatment.
Gilead is now facing lawsuits from plaintiffs alleging that the company withheld vital information about the dangers of a key ingredient in the drug known as tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). This component has been linked to serious bone and kidney complications.
If you or someone you love has sustained bone and/or kidney complications as a result of using Truvada, seek the help of the dedicated Missouri Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm.
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In 2004, the FDA first approved Truvada as a treatment for HIV. By 2012, Truvada was being marketed as an effective preventative measure for those at high risk of contracting the sexually transmitted infection.
It is two active agents in Truvada which work to prevent the replication of HIV-infected cells. These two chemicals are embtricibrate (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF).
The reverse transcriptase enzyme inhibitors in the drug control and minimize the spread of HIV in those who are affected, as well as at-risk Americans, when used in combination with safer sex practices.
Recently, scientific evidence has begun to emerge concerning the link between TDF-based medications and bone and kidney health complications. Now, individuals who had a history of using Truvada have begun to come forward citing these same issues.
Other TDF-based medications that have been developed and marketed by Gilead Sciences include:
If you or a loved one have developed bone and/or kidney complications and have a history of taking Gilead Sciences TDF-based medications, including Truvada, you should seek the legal support of the Missouri Truvada lawsuit attorneys at Onder Law Firm
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The dangers of TDF lie in the excessive amounts needed to be taken in order to be effective at treating HIV cell replication. The following are symptoms that victims of Truvada may experience which signify deteriorating health caused by excess amounts of the toxic chemical in the body:
An overproduction of “serum creatinine” in the body can be an initial sign of chronic kidney disease. If this condition is not treated in a timely manner it can lead to the following kidney complications:
Bone demineralization, or loss of bone minerals, is another significant indicator of declining health caused by TDF in the body. Bone mineral loss impacts the ability of the bones to repair or strengthen themselves, which, over time, can cause the following serious bone-related health issues:
These health complications can be much more severe if an individual has pre-existing bone or kidney conditions. An additional health complication commonly reported amongst TDF-product users is the excess production of lactic acid, or lactic acidosis, which results in symptoms that can include muscle aches, burning sensations, stomach cramps, difficulty breathing, and death.
Two men from California who suffered Truvada-related health complications filed a claim alleging that Gilead Sciences had conducted unethical business practices which included:
Frustratingly, the pharmaceutical company knowingly kept a dangerous medication on the market in order to maintain profit and market dominance. Given that their patent on TDF-based medications – including Truvada – was set to expire in 2015, Gilead set TAF aside for later introduction as the ‘improved version’ of the antiretroviral drug.
Their scheme allowed the company to generate billions in profit. Meanwhile, thousands of Americans that used Truvada were left to suffer serious injuries that could ultimately result in a loss of life.
Class action lawsuits have emerged to hold Gilead Sciences accountable for their unethical actions.
If you or a loved one has suffered from Truvada-related injuries and want to seek justice for the damages you have endured, then contact the Missouri Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE case evaluation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified Missouri as 1 of the 7 states with a “substantial rural burden” for HIV given that the state has a higher percentage of affected individuals in rural areas in comparison to other states.
From 2013 to 2016, the state experienced a 10 percent increase in the number of new cases of HIV diagnoses. Furthermore, 13 counties in Missouri were deemed by the CDC to be at risk of HIV or hepatitis C outbreak.
These counties include Bates, Cedar, St. Francois, Hickory, Wayne, Ozark, Wright, Iron, Madison, Reynolds, Ripley, Crawford, and Washington counties.
As per the CDC:
As per provisional data collected by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services:
In terms of race/ethnicity:
Populations of HIV infected individuals may have been prescribed Truvada as a preventative or control measure. As a result, they may have fallen victim to the dangers of TDF-based medications including bone demineralization, kidney failure, and/or lactic acidosis.
Pharmaceutical liability is the set of laws that affect manufacturers who have products that cause consumers harm or injury. The statute of limitations to file a claim against negligent manufacturers in the state of Missouri is five (5) years from when the injury occurs.
Victims of personal injury caused by defective products may bring about a civil claim on the grounds of strict liability, negligence, or the failure of the manufacturer to advise about potential dangers of the product (side effects).
The three types of defects that can occur in pharmaceutical liability are as follows:
The following are damages that victims of Gilead Sciences’ TDF-based products, such as Truvada, may be compensated for:
LGBT groups and racial minorities that trusted Gilead Sciences’ products to treat HIV are now suffering. If you took Truvada and face serious health complications such as bone and kidney issues, you may be a victim of the unethical pharmaceutical business practices of Gilead.
Contact the dedicated Missouri Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm to see if your case qualifies. Reach us at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE legal consultation.
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