Truvada and other tenofovir (TFV) or emtricitabine (FTC) drugs may cause serious side effects in some users, including a decrease in renal function and bone density. Many who used these drugs over several years reported kidney-related issues and an increased instance of bone fractures.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially approved Truvada in 2004 for patients with HIV. The FDA approved the medication for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Truvada and Other Tenofovir Drugs May Cause a Decline in Kidney Function
There is clinical research to support the link between kidney concerns and those who have used Truvada and related TFV-based medications. During a 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), presenters outlined a study showing that long-term PrEP users are more likely to experience a decline in kidney function over time.
Conditions Possibly Linked to Truvada
You may have a kidney problem linked to Truvada if you took the drug and your doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with:
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
- Renal failure
- Low kidney function
- Abnormal creatinine levels
- Abnormal glomerular filtration rate (GFR)
- Hospitalization or death because of kidney failure
Truvada May Weaken Bones in Those Who Use it For Five Years or More
If you took Truvada and your doctor told you there was a problem with your bone mineral density, or if you suffered an unexpected bone fracture, you could be experiencing this side effect of the drug.
Medical journal Drug Safety reported a link between tenofovir-based medications and loss of bone density in a 2018 study. The study looked at people using a tenofovir-based drug for five years or longer and found that they were more likely to suffer fractures. The increase occurred primarily in young men and post-menopausal women.
Several Diagnoses May Indicate Bone Concerns Related to Truvada
You may have tenofovir-related bone density loss or other concerns if your doctor diagnosed you with:
- A bone fracture related to bone weakening
- Bone demineralization
- Bone density loss
You Could Qualify to Hold Truvada’s Manufacturer Responsible
If you or a loved one suffered bone or kidney damage after taking Truvada or another tenofovir-based drug, you may be eligible to build a case against the drug’s manufacturer and recover compensation. Our Truvada lawsuit lawyers can represent you during your litigation.
We represent clients in these cases and could assess your case for free during a complimentary consultation to determine if you qualify to seek justice for your injuries and losses. You can act today to hold pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. accountable for your suffering.
You May Be Eligible to Seek Compensation for Bone and Kidney Damage
If you suffered injuries because of a tenofovir medication, you may be able to secure compensation for your injuries, expenses, and losses. You should not have to face financial stress and expensive treatments on top of the bone and kidney damage you suffered.
The drug company responsible for this potentially dangerous medicine could be accountable for your related losses, including:
- Related current and future medical treatment
- Lost income from time missed at work
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering awards
The extent of your costs and losses in these cases will often determine the settlement value or award in each lawsuit. Because it is still very early in the process and each case is unique, there is no way to know what an average Truvada lawsuit award may look like. However, we can tell you what forms of awards you could be able to seek.
We Can Help with a Truvada Side Effects Claim
If you move forward with your case against the drug company, you may want to work closely with an attorney from our team who understands Truvada cases. We can gather evidence to confirm your diagnosed health condition, link it to your Truvada use, and show how it affected your financial, physical, and emotional well-being.
We can also:
- Gather expert testimony to prove your injuries resulted from Truvada use, if necessary
- Evaluate the full costs of your losses, reflecting both past and future costs
- Help you understand your legal options in clear terms
- Advocate for you against a major pharmaceutical company
- Seek the best possible settlement for you
- Handle all the legal details of your case so that you don’t have to
We are a law firm helping Truvada victims on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you do not need to pay any out-of-pocket fees to hold the drug company responsible.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today for a Free Case Review
You do not have to be harmed any further by a dangerous drug. If you have a diagnosis of bone and kidney damage and took Truvada or another tenofovir drug, you may have a case against Gilead Sciences, Inc., the company that developed and made these medications.
During your free call, you can ask us about whether you may have a case and how we could take steps to represent you. We do not shy away from tough cases. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 959-1444.