Tenofovir DF (Truvada) HIV Medication Lawsuit Lawyers
- Have You Suffered Bone Loss or Kidney Disease after taking Truvada or another TDF medication?
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Lawyers For TDF-Related Bone Density Loss & Kidney Damage
The HIV drug Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) used in the following medications Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild or Complera) have been linked to serious side effects such as kidney damage and low bone density diseases leading to fractures.
Lawsuits are being filed against Gilead Sciences, Inc., maker of the TDF-based medications Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild and Complera. Many of the lawsuits allege Gilead Sciences, Inc. failed to adequately warn patients taking their TDF medications of the potentially dangerous side effects of their TDF medications; claim Gilead Sciences, Inc. engaged in ongoing misrepresentation of the effectiveness of their TDF medications; and accuses Gilead Sciences, Inc. of delaying their release of a safer alternative drug named tenofovir alafenamide (TAF).
Monetary Compensation For Bone and/or Kidney Damage Side Effects
Our national law firm is filing lawsuits on behalf of HIV patients who were prescribed Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild or Complera and suffered side effects such as bone loss and/or kidney damage. If you or a loved one are HIV positive, have been prescribed a TDF medication, and have suffered bone injuries and/or kidney damage, pursuing justice through the court system may be the only option available for monetary compensation. Parker Waichman LLP is offering a free TDF claim review when you call us toll-free at 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or you use our website’s contact form or Live Chat feature.
The Time to File is Limited By Law
The personal injury laws that govern how much time you have to file your claim varies from state-to-state. Do not delay taking the necessary actions to protect your legal right to receive the money you or your loved one deserves for their suffering. Once the statute of limitations on you or your loved one’s case has lapsed, the opportunity to bring a claim could be revoked indefinitely. In addition, the sooner your Parker Waichman LLP attorney is able to initiate the claims process, the more likely your attorney will be able to secure valuable evidence, medical records, and other pertinent evidence necessary to win your case.
WHY CHOOSE PARKER WAICHMAN LLP?
Product Liability are complex cases that are rigorously defended by both the drug company and its liability insurance company. Parker Waichman LLP is one of a few national law firms with the experience to determine the true value of your case and the litigation skill necessary to win your case. If our firm is able to represent you or your loved one, our law firm will fight for maximum compensation.
For over 30 years, the founding attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have produced extraordinary jury awards, verdicts and settlements for their clients throughout the United States. To date, Parker Waichman LLP has recovered more than $2 billion in settlement jury awards and verdicts.
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Parker Waichman LLP has been bestowed with several top honors for quality of representation, professionalism, and integrity. The legal professionals at Parker Waichman LLP care deeply about the needs of our clients and are proud of the firm’s reputation and honors which include:
- A 9 out of 10 Rating on AVVO’s Attorney Review Website.
- An “AV Peer Review Rating” and “Preeminent Lawyers” listing on Martindale-Hubbell®.
- A rating of 5 out of 5 on LawDragon.
- A listing in the “Best Lawyers” annual publication.
WHAT ARE TDF HIV MEDICATIONS USED FOR?
According to the manufacturer’s website, Truvada and other TDF medications “can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex when taken every day and used together with safer sex practices.”
Brand Names of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) Drugs
- Truvada (The most popular and widely used TDF.)
FDA APPROVAL & ACTION TIMELINE
March 2004 – Gilead Sciences, Inc. submits FDA applications for its new TDF drug called Viread.
August 2004 – Truvada is FDA-approved for the treatment of HIV-1 infections for adult patients.
July 2012 – Truvada is approved by the FDA for use in reducing the risk of HIV sexual transmission (Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
May 2018 – FDA approval for Truvada in Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is expanded to include adolescent patients.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH TENOFOVIR DISOPROXIL FUMARATE (TDF)?
Gilead Sciences Inc’s TDF prescription medications such as Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild, and Complera have been linked with severe side effects such as bone density loss with injuries and kidney damage. In April of 2019, numerous lawsuits were filed against Gilead Sciences Inc. alleging the company knew about the serious side effects in 2001, created a newer medication that was safer, and continued to market TDF drugs as effective without adequate warnings to patients.
HIV Medication Linked to Serious Side Effects
( 08/23/2019 – Update) NORTH CAROLINA – A drug used to treat HIV and meant to help prevent the virus from multiplying within a person’s body is the subject of over one hundred lawsuits filed across the nation. The drug at issue is tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, or TDF. TDF is found in medications such as Truvada, Viread, Stribild, Atripla, and Complera. According to the lawsuits, patients who take TDF may experience an accumulation of lactic acid in their bloodstream as well as age long-term harm to the kidneys and to bones.
The History of TDF and Newer Alternative Treatments
TDF received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 to be used in conjunction with other medications to treat HIV. The TDF-based treatment protocol was replaced in 2015 with a new treatment protocol using the drug tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF). The TAF-based treatment protocol appears to have fewer potential side effects and have a smaller dosage. However, according to the lawsuits, TDF manufacturer Gilead Sciences “slow-walked” the research and development of TAF drugs so that they could continue to make a profit off of TDF medication. The lawsuits further claim that Gilead knew that TDF presented risks of potentially life-threatening complications and that TAF was a safer alternative but nonetheless stuck by the more dangerous TDF.
What Harm Does TDF Cause for Patients?
The lawsuits’ main contention, then, is not that Gilead did not warn consumers of TDF’s side effects but rather that Gilead did not do enough to make TAF medications available. The harm that TDF can cause to patients are not new: in addition to minor side effects like diarrhea, nausea, headache, and the development of a rash, TDF can, over time, lead to liver and kidney problems. A patient who has preexisting kidney troubles and who takes TDF may be at risk of kidney failure. In addition, the drug may lead patients to experience a loss of bone density when the drug is taken over time.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF TENOFOVIR DISOPROXIL FUMARATE (TDF) HIV DRUGS?
Currently, there are two very serious side effects that have been alleged in complaints filed against Gilead Sciences Inc. regarding their TDF HIV drug – Bone Demineralization and Kidney Disease.
The following table provides a list of the side effects that our firm is investigating for potential bone injury and kidney disease litigation.
- Demineralization of bones
- Bone Fractures
- Rib Fractures
- Jaw Fractures
- Knee Fractures
- Ankle Fractures
- Femur Fractures
- Finger Fractures
- Toes Fractures
- Shoulder Fractures
- Hip Fractures
- Wrist Fractures
- Leg Fractures
- Spine Fractures
- Low Bone Density
- Weakness of Bones
- Decrease in Height
- Spine Curvature
- Tooth Decay
- Dental Problems
- Kidney Dysfunction
- Kidney Failure
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Damage
- Acute Renal Failure
- Renal Failure
- End Stage Renal Failure
- Dangerously High Levels of Creatine
- Fanconi Syndrome
- Reduction in Kidney Function
- Stage 3 Kidney Disease
- Loss of kidney function
- Tubular dysfunction
- Excruciating pain in kidneys and lower back
- Low Glomerular Filtration Rate Levels
- Damages the nephron tubule
- Serum Creatinine Increase
- Proximal tubulopathy
- Acute tubular necrosis
- Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus
Tenofovir Linked Bone Disease & Fractures
In May of 2017, the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health published a review that detailed the results of studies conducted to determine the short-term and long-term health effects of Tenofovir used in antiretroviral therapy (ART). The review’s goal was to “describe potential mechanisms underlying the adverse effects of tenofovir on bone,” and to perform “clinical studies of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and bone.”
The review also conducted an examination of tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) to determine if this drug was effective and was safer that TDF drugs. The review found a “60% increased fracture risk in HIV-infected individuals when compared to uninfected individuals.”
TENOFOVIR LINKED TO ACUTE RENAL FAILURE (ARF) and CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE (CRF)
In October of 2013, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) published a report called, “Tenofovir Effect on the Kidneys of HIV-Infected Patients: A Double-Edged Sword?” which examined the “potential nephrotoxicity that tenofovir would have in common with two other drugs from the same family.”
The reported that the first documented case of “TDF-induced acute nephrotoxicity” had been published back in 2001 and since 2001 there have been many other published cases. The JASN report also concluded that there is a link between TDF and an increased risk of tubular toxicity. Tubular toxicity leads to acute tubular necrosis and studies have shown that when a patient is taken off of TDF drugs, the condition reverses itself within a few months and kidney function improves.
The report published by JASN reported that other renal diseases such as Acute Renal Failure (ARF) and Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) are linked in some studies while other studies have a more optimistic view of study results claiming, “ long-term use of TDF is safe for the kidneys.”
TDF LITIGATION IN THE NEWS
May 2018 – A class action lawsuit was filed by Devin Martinez and Ricardo Wohler against Gilread Sciences, Inc. in the Supreme Court of the State of California (Los Angeles County). This class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of Californians prescribed a TDF medication between October 26, 2001, and present.
April 2019 – A lawsuit was filed against Gilread Sciences, Inc. in San Mateo County Superior Court. The lawsuit was brought by 50 patients who claim the TDF drugs manufactured by Gilread Sciences, Inc. exposed them to severe side effects such as bone fractures and kidney diseases.
May 2019 – Parker Waichman LLP, a national defective drug law firm, begins offering free case reviews for HIV patients who were prescribed Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild or Complera and suffered side effects such as bone loss and/or kidney damage.
HOW CAN PARKER WAICHMAN LLP HELP ME?
At Parker Waichman LLP, our legal professionals understand how your TDF-related injuries have negatively affected your quality of life. Our attorneys help victims of dangerous drugs hold large corporations like Gilread Sciences, Inc. accountable for their gross negligence. If our law firm is able to represent you or your loved one, our legal team will fight hard for your full monetary recovery.
In cases such as these, you or your loved one could receive the following types of monetary compensation:
Lost earnings, – if you or your loved one had to miss work or are unable to work due to injuries associated to TDF injuries;
- Lost future earnings, if you or your loved one is unable to return to work;
- Past medical and treatment expenses related to TDF-related injuries;
- Future medical and treatment expenses, should you or your loved one need additional medical treatment for TDF-related injuries;
- Monetary compensation for emotional and physical suffering incurred and will incur due to the TDF-related injuries;
- Loss of consortium damages if the TDF-related injuries have affected your marriage, including loss of affection, love, companionship, support; and
- Punitive damages, which could be awarded to punish the manufacturers for severe negligent actions.
When you retain Parker Waichman LLP, our caring legal professionals will help you to understand and recover the maximum amount of economic and non-economic monetary damages possible.
CARING, COMPASSIONATE & EXPERIENCE REPRESENTATION
Suffering kidney damage or bone fracture injuries as a result of a drug that was intended to help you is a tragedy. If you are searching for an experienced attorney to file your product liability lawsuit, you may find this process is worrisome and difficult.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our staff understands how you feel. Our goal is to make this process easy and effective for all of our clients. Each client is treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve and every case is handled as it were our only case. Our firm is highly experienced in products liability litigation and we have recovered over $2 billion for our clients.
Our compassionate and caring attorneys are here to listen to your story and help you understand your legal rights. Call Parker Waichman LLP today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a free case review today.
NO FEE UNLESS WE RECOVER FOR YOU
At Parker Waichman LLP, we offer a free, confidential consultation and our firm contracts our TDF injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means our law firm takes all of the financial risk in handling your case. Our firm advances the costs associated with preparing, filing and litigating your TDF personal injury claim and if you do not get paid, neither do we.
CONTACT US TODAY TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE TDF BONE FRACTURE / KIDNEY DAMAGE CASE REVIEW
If you or a loved one suffered kidney damage, renal failure and/or bone fractures and were prescribed one or more of Gilead’s TDF drugs, Truvada, Viread, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild, protect your legal right to receive full monetary compensation for your injuries. Parker Waichman LLP is fiercely dedicated to protecting rights of injury victims, and our firm has an established reputation for results. If you or a loved one took an HIV drug containing Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) such as Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild or Complera and suffered a severe side effect, contact our firm today for your free legal consultation by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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