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Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Lawsuits

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is a medication used in combination with other drugs to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in adults and children over two years of age. TDF has been linked to serious side effects including kidney failure, lactic acidosis, and bone fractures. Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of TDF-based medications by patients who developed these potentially serious, life-threatening conditions.

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Contact our Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting tenofovir disoproxil fumarate cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806or submit an email inquiry.

What is Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate?

TDF is marketed for the treatment of HIV under the following brand names:

  • Viread
  • Stribild
  • Atripla
  • Symfi & Symfi Lo
  • AccessPak for HIV PEP expanded with Kaletra
  • AccessPak for HIV PEP expanded with Viracept
  • Complera
  • Truvada
  • “PrEP” drugs
  • Cimduo

TDF is part of a class of HIV medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). NRTIs work by blocking an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase, which stop the spread of HIV in the body. While TDF, and drugs used in combination with it, cannot cure HIV, they can be effective in improving the health and life expectancy of those diagnosed with HIV.

What is Happening with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate?

TDF has been reported to cause serious, adverse health conditions in certain people. Lawsuits have alleged that TDF can be highly toxic and lead to: (i) severe kidney damage resulting in kidney failure, (ii) a decrease in bone mineral density and mineralization, and (iii) lactic acidosis, a condition involving the accumulation of lactate in the blood due to the malfunctioning of the kidneys. According to lawsuits, a manufacturer of TDF, Gilead Sciences Inc, marketed a defective product and failed to inform consumers of the significant risks associated with using the medication. Many TDF medications do not adequately describe the seriousness of the conditions that can result from a drug regimen including TDF even though the FDA continues to receive numerous reports of adverse events related to TDF.

In May 2018, a lawsuit was filed claiming that the manufacturer of a TDF was aware of the high toxicity of TDF since as early as 2000, and developed an alternative form of medication that was less damaging to patient’s kidneys and bones. Gilead Sciences is accused of concealing the risks of TDF and halting development of a safer alternative to continue to reap massive profits from one of the most popular HIV medications in the world.

https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/drugs/290/tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate/0/patient

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gilead-hiv-drug-lawsuit-20180509-story.html

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Side Effects and Complications

Side effects of TDF include:

  • Persistent pain in the back or bones;
  • Loss of height;
  • Bone fractures (often from seemingly minor events);
  • Reduced urine output;
  • Infrequent urination or difficulty urinating;
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet;
  • Fluid retention; and
  • Confusion

Serious injuries associated with TDF include:

  • Kidney Toxicity leading to acute and chronic kidney failure conditions such as tubular toxicity, Acute Renal Failure (ARF), Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD);
  • Bone issues such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, avascular necrosis, and bone fractures leading to BMD/DEXA scans with positive results for bone density loss.

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting tenofovir disoproxil fumarate cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

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