What You Should Know About TDF
Patients diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and prescribed medication to manage the infection or those who were prescribed medication to prevent HIV may be at risk of developing severe side effects.
What is TDF?
Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is a drug marketed under the names Truvada, Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Viread by the drug manufacturer, Gilead. TDF is used to treat HIV and hepatitis B infections. The drug is also used to help individuals prevent or reduce the chances of getting HIV. Doctors call this use of the drug pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.
How does TDF work?
HIV attacks the immune cells that help your body fight infections. TDF works by blocking the pathways viruses use to spread infection. Taking TDF for PrEP means the medication will already be in the bloodstream and can possibly stop the virus from establishing itself and slow the spread of HIV.
Harmful Side Effects
Patients taking TDF may develop lactic acidosis, or a buildup of lactic acid in the blood. This can cause severe liver problems, kidney failure, and bone injuries. Some patients have developed chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, and some have developed a loss of bone density.
What You Should Know
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is facing many lawsuits after patients taking TDF developed these severe side effects. It was discovered that the company knew early on that taking TDF could lead to kidney disease and loss of bone density. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that Gilead intentionally failed to inform the public about the dangers of TDF and continued to sell it while the company developed a safer alternative drug.
Contact Baron & Budd
If you are thinking of taking action against Gilead, the attorneys at Baron & Budd can help you. Baron & Budd has a long track record of success in cases such as these. If you or someone you know took a medication containing TDF and developed kidney disease or bone density loss afterward, we may be able to help. Please call 866-520-2755 or contact us online to learn more.