Chronic Kidney Disease from Truvada Attorney
Since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), tenofovir-based medicines have become a widely accepted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment option in America’s antiretroviral movement. The success of the drug has led to yearly profits for its parent company, Gilead Sciences Inc., exceeding $11 billion.
However, users of Truvada—a tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)-based medication used to help manage and prevent HIV—allege that they have developed lasting side effects like kidney failure and bone loss, something that was never relayed from the company that created this “miracle drug”. Now, victims are coming forward to file product liability claims against Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Individuals that have taken Truvada and have since developed chronic kidney disease or other kidney damage should seek the legally experienced and knowledgeable Truvada lawsuit attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC. If you are among those taken advantage of by Gilead, you, too, may qualify for compensation to aid in your recovery.
For assistance in treating chronic kidney disease caused by Truvada use, seek medical care first. Then, contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 for experienced legal representation for your Truvada lawsuit today.
How Do The Kidneys Function?
Healthy kidneys work as a balancing system that assists in many bodily functions. When in good working condition, you can expect healthy kidneys to:
- Maintain a balance of the water and minerals in the blood including sodium, potassium, and phosphorus to name a few.
- Remove waste from the blood that accumulates after exercising, digesting, being exposed to chemicals, and taking medications.
- Make renin which assists in regulating blood pressure.
- Create erythropoietin, which signals the body to produce red blood cells.
- Convert vitamin D into an active form so that it is useful to your body, supporting bone development and more.
If kidneys don’t function as intended, an individual can become severely ill. The TDF in Truvada was recently linked to acute kidney injury. This happens when the organ stops operating suddenly, leaving the individual to experience:
- Disruption of blood flow to the kidneys
- Damage to the kidneys
- Lack of proper urine flow
Aside from the complications that Truvada can cause in users, keep in mind that different genetic and environmental factors may also contribute to the development of chronic kidney disease.
What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
The body relies on the kidneys to filter out waste and fluids from the bloodstream, which is then released through urine. Chronic kidney disease refers to the gradual loss of kidney function that can result in serious health complications, even death.
In advanced stages of chronic kidney disease, fluid, electrolytes, and waste can accumulate in the body and disrupt waste excretion. Since early stages of the disease may reveal little to no symptoms, individuals may not be aware of the damage being done until it is too late.
Attempting to slow the progression of kidney damage by dealing with underlying health issues may be a viable option, but in the most serious of cases, it is necessary to begin dialysis (artificial filtering). A kidney transplant may also be necessary to avoid fatal consequences.
Not to mention, chronic kidney disease can inhibit vitamin D metabolization—which strengthens bone—and can also lead to the disruption of red blood cell production. This loss in bone mineral density often leads to fractures and breaks.
A buildup of excess TDF in the bloodstream can lead to a variety of symptoms in sufferers of chronic kidney disease, including:
- Swelling of legs, feet, and ankles
- Bodily weakness
- Difficulty breathing
Individuals suffering from chronic kidney disease must seek appropriate medical care and treatment, as a lack of assessing the issue will encourage the disease to progress until the kidneys fail.
If you feel that your chronic kidney disease is linked to HIV drug medicine Truvada, schedule your FREE legal consultation by contacting The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 now.
The Problem With Truvada
Gilead Sciences Inc. created Truvada to stop the spread of HIV once it hit the bloodstream. The TDF in Truvada, and it’s safer, more efficient counterpart tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), address the aggressive expansion of the virus by reducing the activity of the reverse transcriptase enzyme—an enzyme which aided in the replication of the virus.
Aside from the negative side effects, TDF was marketed by Gilead as a safe treatment option to millions infected with HIV through the duration of its 15 year patent. In 2014, this patent ended, and Gilead began marketing TAF-based medicines as the new and improved version of the drug.
Now, users of Truvada have come forth with cases of kidney damage and bone injuries. Critics allege that Gilead had some knowledge of risks associated with their antiretroviral drug yet concealed this information from users, instead choosing to falsify safety claims.
In addition, there is speculation that the company withheld TAF-based medicines. The reason behind this decision was so that the company could avoid a drop in sales once the TDF-based medications like Truvada lost its patent. The company also wanted to avoid concerns about damages caused by these previously marketed TDF-based medications.
Health risks are said to arise from TDF. In order for the drug to be truly effective in preventing the spread of HIV, a higher dosage must be taken. This cocktail of antiretroviral drugs can be hard to process for your kidneys, whose one of many purposes are to filter out the excess of the drug out of your bloodstream.
Kidney Failure Caused By Truvada
Kidney issues are not uncommon with HIV patients; however, the drug Truvada is said to increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure among the demographic.
Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) led a study focusing on more than 10,000 HIV positive patients. The study revealed that the risk of chronic kidney disease increased by 33 percent for each year of exposure to TDF.
There are various stages of kidney disease. Some cases of kidney failure can be resolved in time with adequate treatment, but in other instances where the damage has progressed too far, kidney failure may be irreversible.
When renal function falls below 25 percent, it can cause complications such as heart attack and stroke. If renal function falls between 10 and 15 percent, artificial kidney filtering is necessary to survive. In the final stages of renal disease, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be the deciding factor between life and death.
If you are taking Truvada and are experiencing kidney issues, consult you medical provider immediately regarding what steps to take towards recovery. Truvada users that are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease should then seek legal consultation to see if compensation is available for their particular circumstances.
Don’t hesitate to call us at (409) 763-3260 now for the best chance at recovering maximum compensation from negligent pharmaceutical companies.
Recovering Damages For Chronic Kidney Disease
Along with the physical pain of your chronic kidney failure and other health problems that have arisen from the use of Truvada, financial burdens may also arise. To better cope with the circumstances, the Truvada lawsuit attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC have extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical product liability to help victims of Truvada-inflicted kidney disease to recuperate losses.
The following damages may be considered for compensation in your claim:
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Capacity to Earn
- Pain and Suffering
- Long-term Care
- Lost Wages
Consumers have contributed to the success of big pharma companies like Gilead, who seem to put profit over people. The duty of these companies is to provide safe and effective drugs, and also to disclose the truth about the risks associated with their products.
Victims deserve full compensation for their losses that have resulted from TDF-based medicine consumption. If you or a loved one have experienced kidney damage or chronic kidney disease after using Truvada to prevent the transmission of HIV, you need an experienced Truvada lawsuit attorney by your side.
The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC Has Spent Years Representing Clients Affected by Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies
The attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC understand the difficulties that victims and their loved ones experience in the presence of fatal health complications. Pharmaceutical companies that have caused you harm must be held liable, and our experienced lawyers can help determine what type of liability your case falls under.
Our professional relationships that we have developed over the years with members of the medical, law enforcement, and science communities simplify our research process, giving us clear insight into how Truvada affected you and the conditions you suffer from because of it.
With our combined skills and years of experience in pharmaceutical litigation, we aim to serve victims of chronic kidney failure in regaining trust and hope in the system after experiencing such traumatic health complications.
Although no amount of compensation can erase the difficulty of your situation, you can seek justice against Gilead’s negligence by filing a claim for your Truvada-related losses. For skillful legal services and personalized attention to your case, seek out the Truvada lawsuit attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC.
Monetary compensation and relief is only one call away. Let the Truvada lawsuit attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC help you get the restitution you deserve. Call (409) 763-3260 for a FREE consultation from our compassionate and experienced attorneys today.