Truvada Class Action Lawsuit
If you have been taking Truvada and have experienced serious side effects, you may have a class action lawsuit. Our lawyers take these cases very seriously, and we want to hold these drug makers accountable for their negligence. After you have read about your lawsuit, please do not hesitate to give our office a call to set up a free consultation with one of our skilled and dependable lawyers to go over the details of your case.
Drug makers knew that there was a safer alternative to Truvada and we want to make sure that their negligence does not go unpunished. We will fight to get you fair and full results for your damages.
Going Over the Potentially Serious Side Effects of Taking Truvada
Truvada is not the only drug on the market that contains TDF, which is responsible for some serious side effects. Exposure to Truvada or a similar drug can increase your chance of having bone density problems and fractured bones, as well as serious kidney issues including kidney failure. The worst cases have resulted in death. Some common side effects of these drugs include:
- Pain in the abdomen
- Unintentional weight loss
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Headache and dizziness
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Pain in muscles and joints
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin rash
Taking Truvada or a similar drug has been linked to osteoporosis, which is a result of loss of bone density. While loss of bone density can be considered a common side effect of HIV to begin with, it has been known that Truvada can make this worse.
It has been shown in a study in 2011 that there is a much higher risk of getting a fractured bone when someone was taking Truvada than someone who was not taking Truvada. These were patients who tested negative for HIV. Because of the results of this study, it was discovered that Truvada was responsible for a significant amount of bone mineral decline in patients.
Alongside these bone density issues, those who take Truvada have a higher chance of going through kidney failure or having severe renal issues. Again, HIV can be a cause of kidney problems, but Truvada and similar drugs have been found to have accelerated these issues. A separate study that was done in 2012 by the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California showed that an ingredient found in Truvada called tenofovir can account for that kidney damage, due to its association with those issues.
There were 10,000 patients who were HIV-positive who were taking Truvada and it was found that their risk for serious kidney issues rose 33% every single year since taking Truvada. After having ended treatment on Truvada, their risk for kidney issues stayed elevated for up to a year.
Knowing if You Have Grounds for a Truvada Lawsuit
There are two different types of lawsuits that have been brought against Gilead, the drug maker of Truvada. There is a personal injury lawsuit and a class action lawsuit. The allegations against Gilead that these lawsuits have made include:
- The company did that fix a flaw in the formula of the drug that they knew about
- They knew that there was a safer option to replace the dangerous ingredient
- They did not warn medical practitioners or patients that there were harmful side effects of Truvada
- They claimed that Truvada was safe to use and did not have any toxicities which was a misrepresentation of the drug
There is a duty to protect consumers of a product from known harm. Gilead failed when it came to protecting users of Truvada from the health risks that they were aware of. They willfully decided to advertise the product as safe, which they knew would be dangerous for people who chose to take it based on the lack of information of serious health risks.
Our lawyers are ready to guide your through your claim against the drug makers and promoters of Truvada and will work tirelessly to get you the justice that you deserve for your damages. If you have taken Truvada and you have decreased bone health (including osteoporosis), kidney disease, or renal failure, you may be eligible to bring a claim.
Call Swenson and Shelley Today for a Free Consultation
We aim to assist those who have been harmed due to the negligence of someone else. The drug maker of Truvada was aware that you were at risk of serious harm while taking the drug and knew there were safer options, but failed to tell you. We will hold Gilead liable for your damages and we will work hard to get you fair results. Please call our office today to set up a free consultation.