Drug manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc., disregarded consumers’ safety and sold a product that has subsequently caused painful bone and kidney complications for users of their drug. Now, consumers are coming forward with stories of the injuries that they have sustained, and they are bringing experienced product liability lawyers along with them.
Gilead Sciences is the defendant in lawsuits alleging that the company played an active role in concealing side effect information, as well as a safer alternative drug, from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its users living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
If you are taking the HIV medication, Truvada, and have begun to suffer from bone loss and/or kidney damages, know that the experienced Nevada Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm are ready to stand by your side and fight for the compensation you are due.
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Two men from California initiated the lawsuits against Gilead Sciences by filing individual personal injury claims and a class-action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant.
The two plaintiffs claimed that the company deliberately failed to inform them about the bone and kidney complications that Truvada causes, and also failed to provide a safer alternative, which the company had already begun to develop, but then purposefully shelved in order to maximize profits.
Truvada is effective as a result of two medicinal components working together. One of the components is a drug known as tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). TDF has been linked to the development of serious bone and kidney complications that, if left untreated, can progress into life-threatening conditions.
Right around the time that Gilead began manufacturing TDF-based products like Truvada, in 2001, the company also developed a safer alternative called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF). This alternative proved to be safer than TDF-based products since it could be as effective but in smaller doses.
Gilead would shelve its TAF project, conceal information regarding it and TDF side effects from the FDA, and secure a patent for its TDF products until 2015, allowing the company to charge exorbitant prices and collect billions in sales per year. After the patent lapsed, the company planned to sell its TAF-based product as a new and improved formula.
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Truvada is a combination of several different drugs that have different purposes. Tenofovir DF is one of these drugs and is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). The purpose of this drug is to target and reduce the activity of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme that aids in the replication of HIV.
With frequent and long-term use, the excessive amounts of TDF in every dose of Truvada can cause significant harm to the human body.
This active component in Truvada has been shown to deplete calcium and other minerals that make bones strong in a condition known as osteopenia. In time, this can lead to osteoporosis, a condition that leaves bones brittle and much more susceptible to fracture and other complications such as:
As the body struggles to rid itself of the excessive amounts of TDF, one of its chief organs responsible for filtering out the substance from the body – the kidneys – become heavily taxed, leading to an overproduction of serum creatinine – an early sign of chronic kidney disease. As more time and Truvada use occurs, more kidney complications arise, such as:
To make matters worse, frequent users of Truvada that suffer from preexisting bone and kidney complications may have their conditions worsened because of the drug.
If you or someone you love who is living with HIV and taking Truvada in tandem with other HIV medications to manage HIV-infected cell replication, consider speaking with your doctor to better understand the side effects associated with the drug.
As per the organization AIDSVu, within the State of Nevada in 2016, five counties were significantly affected by HIV:
In total, roughly 9,194 people were living with the virus back in 2016 throughout the state. These individuals were identified as follows:
That same year, approximately 145 deaths were recorded from people living with HIV succumbing to its complications. In 2017, 494 new HIV cases were diagnosed.
In terms of transmission types for men:
In terms of transmission types for women:
If you rely on Truvada as part of your HIV treatment regimen, consult with your doctor to learn more about its potential side effects, and then call us to represent your claim.
Gilead is sure to rally together their army of defense lawyers in order to protect their own interests.
Their victims, on the other hand, may not have the resources or funds to face them alone, but with the help of the experienced defective drug attorneys of Onder Law Firm, they have the ability to win what is owed to them.
Because of our high level of experience and skills, we have been able to help our past clients secure over $3 billion in settlements and verdicts. The Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm have valuable experience in conducting thorough legal research and devising quality legal strategies needed to bring pharmaceutical companies to justice.
Our lawyers will determine what kind of product liability your case falls under:
Failure within any of these categories could mean that Gilead could be held liable for your injuries sustained from frequent Truvada use. If they are found liable, they could be responsible for paying out compensation to cover the expenses you incurred due to their deception, starting with:
Voicing your concern about your Truvada use with your doctor is always a good idea, especially if you have been using the drug for a long time. Your doctor can help diagnose any symptoms you may be feeling with a series of tests that evaluate the health of your bones and kidneys.
Aside from improving your health, a trip to the doctor will come with documentation about injuries, your treatment plan, the severity of your injuries, and how much you were billed.
These documents can prove invaluable to a product liability lawyer as it proves that Truvada harmed you and that you incurred expenses because of it. This helps our lawyers strengthen your claim and calculate the damages you are owed.
This can be a time-consuming process, so filing immediately after you have been injured is always beneficial, especially since in the State of Nevada, product liability has a two-year statute of limitations period.
By filing early, you also give your attorney ample amounts of time to make sure your claim is foolproof.
Gilead knowingly betrayed your trust for profit. Now, your time has come to obtain justice. Contact the experienced Nevada Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm at (314) 310-7924 for your FREE, zero-obligation consultation today.
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