Truvada Lawsuits: Dangerous Side Effects

Prescription medication Truvada is under scrutiny in light of recent lawsuits alleging that the drug has dangerous side effects. Multiple plaintiffs allege that Truvada can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to the liver, kidneys, and bones, and that the drug manufacturer failed to adequately warn the public of such dangers or adopt a safer formula for the drug.

What is Truvada?

Truvada is a prescription medication used to treat the effects of HIV-1. Truvada also helps prevent the transmission of HIV-1, and can protect HIV-negative patients from contracting the disease. Although Truvada is not a cure for HIV, it can help slow the progression of the disease and minimize some of the effects.

Due to its chemical composition, Truvada must be taken in high dosages in order to work effectively. Unfortunately, patients taking high dosages over an extended period of time may experience long-term side effects and even permanent damage.

What makes Truvada dangerous?

One of the active ingredients in Truvada is the substance tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, or TDF. TDF may be toxic in high dosages, particularly when taken over a long period of time. Unfortunately, due to its low absorption rate, drugs like Truvada must be taken in high dosages in order to work effectively. Truvada in particular must be taken daily, and will only slow the progress of HIV-1 if taken consistently over a period of time. This creates a difficult dilemma for patients, and gives drug manufacturers an incentive to exaggerate the safety of their drugs.

Last April, 41 plaintiffs from across the country filed a class action lawsuit against Gilead, Truvada’s manufacturer. The lawsuit alleged that Gilead knew of the serious side effects associated with TDF, but failed to adequately warn consumers of Truvada and other TDF-based drugs. Each plaintiff claims to have suffered bone damage or kidney issues after taking Gilead’s TDF-based drugs.

The suit also alleges that Gilead knew of a safer alternative substance, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), that it could have used in place of TDF. Plaintiffs argue that drugs like Truvada would be just as effective, and far safer, if made with TAF instead. However, Gilead refused to implement the alternate substance.

What medical problems can Truvada cause?

Truvada is linked with numerous severe side effects, including:

  • Bone density loss, leading to osteoporosis and easily-broken bones
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome, causing dormant infections to “reappear” in the body
  • Kidney problems, including decreased kidney function, chronic kidney disease, renal failure, low kidney function requiring dialysis, high creatinine levels,
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteomalacia
  • Bone fractures
  • Fanconi Syndrome/proximal renal tubule dysfunction

Indicators for some of the serious conditions listed above may include muscle cramps, bone or muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, abdomninal pain and swelling, yellow skin, and/or difficulty breathing.

These side effects may be potentially life-threatening, especially in elderly or vulerable patients.

If I or a loved one suffer complications from Truvada, what should I do?

Call the Tennessee defective drug attorneys at David Randolph Smith right away. Our experienced attorneys offer free consultations and expert advice on the next steps to take with your Truvada claim.

Over $500 Million
Recovered Since 1993

We've Helped Thousands of People Just Like You

We are known for getting life-changing results and fighting to make our communities safer.

Why Choose Us As Your Truvada Lawsuit Attorney

With us on your side, you can focus on what’s most important – your recovery.

Decades Of Experience

Decades Of Experience

Our Nashville attorneys have over 75 years of combined practice handling cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, medical device lawsuits, wrongful death, and much more.

Excellent Reputation

Excellent Reputation

DRS Law is a well-respected law firm in Nashville and throughout the U.S. Founder, David Randolph Smith, has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, named one of the Top 100 attorneys in Tennessee in all fields of practice, and is included in the Best Lawyers in America guidebook.

Small Case Volume

Small Case Volume

Unlike many Nashville firms or lawyers that handle a large volume of cases, we concentrate our expertise on a select few cases. With this, our attorneys ensure that every step is taken to obtain the most favorable outcomes for our clients.

We Prepare For Trial

We Prepare For Trial

Every case is meticulously prepared for trial by our trial team and support staff in order to maximize the recovery for our client, whether by settlement or trial verdict. Our proven track record of success has resulted in multi-million-dollar settlements and judgments in a wide variety of individual and group cases.

What to Expect

Our Legal Services Are Completely Personalized To You And Your Unique Needs

01  Free Consultation

Our top-rated Tennessee personal injury lawyers provide free, no-pressure case evaluations. We will help you determine if you have a case and will answer all your questions in plain English. We never charge any fees until we win your case.

02  Personalized Service

If we take your case, it’s because we believe we can help you. We will get to work outlining a strategic plan of action. We want you to feel taken care of during this difficult time — whatever questions you have, we’re here with answers. Frequent check-ins ensure you are comfortable with the progress of your case.

03  You Get Paid

We are passionate about the success of your case and will give it the close attention and focus it deserves. We find solutions that other lawyers miss, discovering key facts that help you win. We call upon our gifts in storytelling to argue your case with passion and conviction so you get the compensation and justice you deserve.

What Our Clients Say

Get Started Today

Request Your Free Consultation

    The Nashville personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates serves clients throughout Tennessee in communities such as Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Johnson City, Franklin, Hendersonville, Bartlett, Cleveland, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Lebanon, Brentwood, Springfield, Dickson, Davidson County, Shelby County, Knox County, Hamilton County, Rutherford County, Williamson County, Robertson County, Cheatham County, Maury County and Montgomery County. We also serve clients in Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Illinois. AL, KY, IN, MS, IL.

    If you are seeking a:
    Davidson County Medical Malpractice Lawyer
    Tennessee Personal Injury Attorney
    Tennessee Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Tennessee Wrongful Death Attorney
    Tennessee Product Liability Attorney
    Tennessee Trucking Accident Attorney
    Tennessee Auto Accident Attorney
    Tennessee Civil Rights Attorney
    Tennessee Birth Injury Attorney or
    Tennessee Fire Attorney

    We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your case confidentially and free of charge.