Truvada is an antiretroviral medication developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc., and is used to help treat HIV in those who have already contracted the condition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved the once-daily tablet in August of 2004 for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults.
While Gilead Sciences has held a prominent place in the HIV drug market, the company is now facing accusations that its product, Truvada, is responsible for causing an increased risk of bone injuries and kidney damage in users.
Two Californians initiated lawsuits against the company, creating both their own individual claims and class-action lawsuits for others to join in strength to hold Gilead accountable for their negligent actions. With the HIV drug market expected to reach $22.5 billion in sales by 2025, Gilead Sciences is sure to challenge these accusations.
That is why users of Truvada who have suffered bone or kidney-related injuries should seek out legal support to protect their rights and recover the compensation they need to begin healing.
The Tampa Bay Truvada lawsuit attorneys at Onder Law Firm are currently investigating claims by those who have suffered severe bone loss or kidney damages after using Truvada. Contact our dependable team today at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
Truvada is a fixed-dose HIV medication made from 2 different drugs: emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). The drug is meant to be taken in combination with other HIV medications to help control the growth of the virus in individuals who have been affected.
These two components in Truvada are known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors and work by essentially stopping the actions of the enzyme known as reverse transcriptase. By stopping the process of this enzyme, Truvada is able to stop the replication of the virus in healthy cells.
The issue with the drug is that TDF has been linked to increased risks of bone demineralization (bone loss) and kidney-related health issues.
Lawsuits allege that Gilead Sciences was fully aware of TDF’s toxicity and yet failed to adequately warn medical professionals prescribing the drug, as well as users, about the inherent risks.
If you or a loved one have taken Truvada to manage your HIV-1 and have begun to suffer from bone-related or kidney-related health issues, contact our trustworthy Tampa Bay defective drug attorneys at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE case evaluation.
The TDF component in Truvada has been linked to bone loss in several research studies, including one conducted by CATIE. As per this study of over 1,700 HIV positive individuals:
While the differences may seem insignificant, they nonetheless point to the fact that TDF-based drugs can cause quantifiable bone loss. This should be of cause for concern as individuals with HIV already face increased risks of bone loss as a result of their condition.
If no preventative actions or forms of treatment are sought to minimize bone loss caused by Truvada, then users may begin to suffer from:
Unfortunately, users of Truvada may not even initially recognize that they are dealing with bone loss until they have suffered a fracture. The most common injuries individuals with osteoporosis suffer include fractures to the spine, hip, wrist, or forearm.
Being aware of the symptoms of bone loss can help you to bring the issue to the attention of your healthcare provider. While there may not be any signs of bone loss initially, over time you may note:
Have you or a loved one been taking Truvada and suddenly suffer an unexpected fracture? You may have the right to restitution.
Truvada has also been linked with kidney damage. In order for TDF to be effective, it must be taken in high quantities. The abundance of the component in the user’s bloodstream can be a challenge for their kidneys to fully filter. Over time, the kidney damage can begin to occur, which can then lead to:
Symptoms of chronic kidney disease can include:
Frighteningly, chronic kidney disease is generally progressive and becomes harder to treat over time. In the final stages of kidney disease, kidneys may lose all or most of their function, and ultimately, fail. Symptoms of kidney failure may include:
Additional health complications can also begin to arise with kidney failure including high chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Dialysis and/or organ transplants are the only ways to treat kidney failure.
In early April of 2019, HIV/AIDS activists joined together at the AIDSWatch 2019 event in Washington, DC, to contest the workings of pharmaceutical giant Gilead and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The attendees, similar to plaintiffs, were arguing that Gilead was price gouging – and putting lives at risk – by charging thousands of dollars for a medication that cost the company $6 to produce.
A report in the Washington Post found that research on Truvada had been funded by millions in U.S. tax dollars through federal grants and that the government had even patented the treatment (for preventative care) in 2015. Yet, it was only Gilead Sciences who saw any money from the sales of the drug – to the tune of $3 billion in 2018 alone.
Despite the U.S. government’s patent on the drug, Gilead has benefited tremendously from its monopoly on the product and has yet to face any considerable legal repercussions against any government agencies.
With $291 million more expected to go into a federal HIV/AIDS initiative, which will likely include increased prescriptions of HIV drugs such as Truvada, Gilead stands to make even more money – but at a cost that few can afford.
The lives of users are at risk from not only the serious side effects caused by Truvada but by the outrageous costs of the medication. Corporate greed has once again reared its ugly head, putting profit before people.
While the United States has experienced an overall decline in new HIV diagnoses, there are certain regions and populations within the country which have seen an increase in recent years. The State of Florida is one such area that has seen an increase in HIV diagnoses.
In 2017, Florida had the nation’s third-highest rate of new HIV diagnoses at more than 4,800 cases. Seven counties in the state are ranked in the top 50 jurisdictions with the highest number of new HIV cases, including Hillsborough County.
Tampa Bay is the county seat of Hillsborough County. As per the Florida Department of Health:
AIDSvu.org offers some additional perspective to the situation in the Tampa Bay metropolitan statistical area (MSA) which includes the counties of Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas.
As per the organization:
Thankfully, there are efforts being made by AIDS healthcare groups and advocate to increase services and public health awareness about the importance of HIV prevention.
At Onder Law Firm, our Tampa Bay Truvada lawsuit attorneys are determined to help our clients secure full and fair compensation for the injuries they have suffered as a result of taking the defective drug. We will not accept just any settlement and will thoroughly investigate your claim to help you secure compensation for but not limited to:
You are not alone in your fight against Gilead Sciences. Our dependable and experienced attorneys have secured over $3 billion in financial compensation for our clients. We know how to get you the results you deserve.
Contact us today at (314) 310-7924 for your FREE, no-obligation consultation.
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