The popular HIV-prevention drug Truvada has been linked to severe complications, such as kidney failure and osteoporosis. If you or someone you love suffered health problems while taking this drug, you may be eligible to file a Truvada lawsuit for damages like medical bills and pain and suffering.
You should strongly consider meeting with the defective drug lawyers at Roden Law for a free consultation to discuss the options that may be available to you. We are here to answer your questions and explain how we may be able to help you with the complex legal process, if you have a case. Roden Law has obtained millions in compensation on behalf of injury victims. Attorney Eric Roden is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
If we determine you have a case and you hire our attorneys, we can represent you on contingency, which means there are no attorney’s fees unless we successfully recover compensation.
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Do I Have a Case?
If you have been taking Truvada on a regular basis and have suffered kidney failure or impairment, osteoporosis or bone density loss, you may have a case. It is important that you contact Roden Law as each situation is different. We can review your claim and determine if you may be eligible to take legal action.
There are many factors we may consider as we try to determine your eligibility for a Truvada lawsuit. This may include:
- Your diagnosis
- How the side effects that you are experiencing are affecting you each day
- Your history of taking the drug
- Warnings you were given about the drug, such as warnings from your doctor or on the packaging
There are many reasons why the manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc. could potentially be held liable for side effects consumers have suffered while taking Truvada. Other lawsuits have made various allegations against Gilead about the development, manufacture and promotion of the drug, including:
- Knowing about the dangers of the medication but not properly warning the public
- Misleading the public by saying the drug was safe to use and non-toxic
- Knowing there was a safer alternative to Truvada’s main ingredient (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF))
- Developing a safer HIV drug but delaying putting it on the market to make more money on Truvada
- Failing to warn consumers that the drug does not absorb well in the body, which means the medication cannot be effective unless it is consumed in dangerously high doses
Determining if you have a case can be very complicated because there are so many factors involved. That is why we recommend that you speak with one of our skilled attorneys about your situation as soon as possible. We know how to determine if a drug manufacturer could potentially be held liable for injuries to consumers and when a manufacturer may have misled patients and doctors.
Compensation That May be Available for Victims of Truvada
If our firm determines you have a case, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered, both now and in the future. This may include both monetary damages and non-economic damages you suffered because of the drug.
Economic damages are the monetary losses you suffer from the effects of the drug. This may include:
- Doctor appointments
- Laboratory tests
- Prescription medication
- Medical equipment
- Travel costs to and from medical centers
- Lost wages from days off from work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
These are damages related to the physical and emotional trauma victims experience because of an injury. These kinds of damages are often called pain and suffering, and they cover a wide variety of issues victims may deal with.
Our attorneys know how to determine the types of damages that may be available and what they could be worth. Schedule your free consultation today so we can determine if you might have a case and what it might be worth. If you have a case, we are prepared to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
Truvada Lawsuits That Have Been Filed
Truvada patients have already started filing lawsuits over side effects they experienced. In April 2019, eight patients who took Truvada filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences, Inc, accusing the pharmaceutical company of intentionally withholding a much safer patent of the drug from the market for more than 10 years in a scheme to maximize profits. As a result, the lawsuit says, hundreds of thousands of patients suffered serious, permanent and even fatal complications that could have been avoided had the company released the safer version of the drug.
The suit also alleges that the manufacturers withheld clinical trial results and reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The reports showed TDF leading to more serious complications than the company had reported to the FDA.
In April 2018, 41 patients from 12 states who took Truvada and suffered bone or kidney damage filed a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer. The lawsuit makes numerous allegations against Gilead Sciences, including knowing as far back as 2001 that the drug was highly toxic and there was a safer alternative. The lawsuit also alleges the company misrepresented the dangers of the drug.
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FDA Actions Against Gilead Sciences Over Truvada
The FDA has warned Gilead Sciences multiple times to stop downplaying the risks of Truvada with doctors and patients.
Back in March 2002, the FDA sent a letter that criticized statements made by company representatives to doctors at a conference. These representatives told doctors that their company’s antiretroviral drugs, like Truvada, did not put patients at risk for kidney failure or bone issues. They did this even though the Truvada warning label already included warnings about these issues.
The next year, in July, the FDA sent a letter to the manufacturer telling them to stop downplaying the risks of Truvada. The letter said a representative at an AIDS conference did not explain the risks of medications like Truvada that were on the market.
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Research on Health Risks Associated with Truvada
Studies have linked TDF, the active ingredient in Truvada, to serious and possibly life-threatening side effects, including kidney failure and osteoporosis. Anyone who suffered these side effects can contact Roden Law right now to discuss their situation and whether they may be eligible to file a lawsuit. 1-844-RESULTS
Kidney Failure and Other Problems
Even though kidney issues affect many people who have been infected with the HIV virus, drugs containing TDF could increase the risk for kidney failure and chronic kidney disease. One study published in 2012 found the risk for chronic kidney disease increased by 33 percent each year someone was taking a drug with TDF.
The study was done by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center and focused on 10,000 people infected with the HIV virus. Patients who discontinued using the drug were still at increased risk for kidney disease between six months to a year after stopping.
Patients who take Truvada may suffer severe kidney issues because the instructions are to take high doses to fight against the HIV virus. This puts the kidneys in a state of high stress, which may lead to severe damage.
Symptoms of kidney damage include:
- Decreased urine
- Skin color changes
- Muscle cramps
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble concentrating
- Lowered mental alertness
- Easy bleeding
Osteoporosis and Bone Density Loss
High doses of Truvada over a long period of time may also lead to a decrease in bone density, which may cause osteoporosis. This is a disease that weakens the bones and causes them to become brittle, soft, and thin, which may increase the risk of broken bones, fractures, and extreme pain and discomfort.
According to a 2011 study, patients who took Truvada had a much higher risk of fractures compared to those who were not taking the medication. Even though research found the declines in bone mineral density were small, they were still statistically significant.
If you believe your consumption of Truvada has caused you to suffer kidney or bone damage, reach out to our legal team at Roden Law today. We can review your situation and let you know how we may be able to help you.
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Gilead Sciences, Inc. developed Truvada (tenofovir or TDF) and it has been on the U.S. market since 2001. The drug is designed to help prevent at-risk people from becoming infected with the HIV virus and to help suppress HIV symptoms in people already suffering with the virus. The drug works by blocking an enzyme called reverse transcriptase, which the virus uses to copy its genetic material and reproduce.
Contact Our Qualified Lawyers to Discuss Eligibility for a Truvada Lawsuit
If you have been taking Truvada and are suffering from severe kidney or bone damage or other severe side effects, we recommend that you get in contact with our licensed defective drug lawyers right away. If you have a case, there may be limited time to take legal action.
During a free, no-obligation consultation we can discuss if you may have a case and how we can guide you through the legal process if you are eligible to file a lawsuit and you hire our attorneys. Our firm has many years of combined experience representing injury victims and obtaining compensation for damages they have suffered.
If you have a case, our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, so there are no attorney’s fees unless we are successful in obtaining favorable compensation on your behalf. Call us today!