Gilead Sciences Inc. is facing major legal scrutiny right now as their drug, Truvada, which was meant to control the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has been linked to serious side effects and injuries.
According to a report in the L.A. Times, Gilead has known about these negative side effects for over a decade, all the while keeping the safer alternative in their possession. This negligent action has caused many of the clients they promised to heal to, instead, suffer needlessly.
At The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC, we believe that victims deserve justice and recovery for the damages they have suffered as a result of this negligent corporation. When companies such as Gilead choose profits over people, you can count on the experienced product liability lawyers of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC to stand by you and fight for the reparations you so rightfully deserve.
If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by the drug Truvada, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Reach out to The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 to set up your FREE consultation with our Truvada lawsuit attorneys today.
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Truvada is an antiretroviral medication used for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and created by Gilead Sciences, Inc. Truvada has two main medicinal components called emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) which are used to treat patients that are infected with HIV or used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect individuals who have not yet been exposed to the virus but are at a high risk of being infected. Both components work to reduce the activity of an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase, which is an enzyme that HIV-infected cells use to replicate. In essence, the FCT and TDF in Truvada are supposed to reduce the activity of this enzyme, which in turn causes the replication of the virus to be reduced considerably or even stopped altogether. Truvada has been a financial success, raking in $11 billion in profits annually for Gilead while their patients suffered. Truvada has devastating side effects that could have been avoided had Gilead put the safety of patients first. A couple of the most common and serious side effects include:
One of the main medicinal components of Truvada — known as TDF — has been linked to serious side effects and injuries. More importantly, it is a component that is used in various other medications as well, including:
It is estimated that around 20,000 patients taking TDF-based antiretroviral drugs to control their HIV have been diagnosed with kidney issues. Additionally, individuals also suffer from increased bone damage. Approximately 6,000 bone breaks have taken place as a result of the TDF component found in Truvada.
It is believed that Gilead Science Inc. knew of the harmful consequences caused by TDF-based medications but still sold them to patients anyway. Even more shockingly, the drug manufacturer had already created a safer alternative. Tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) achieves the same desired results as TDF but in a much safer and lower dosage.
Because of this deception, many patients are rising up to seek out justice.
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There are several major complications linked to Truvada that can be deadly. Studies have shown that the TDF in Truvada may cause kidney problems as an excess of the ingredient has to pass through the organ. This can lead to:
However, the negative effects of Truvada are not limited to only affecting these organs. Serious bone complications have been linked to the use of Truvada as well. Symptoms that you need to watch out for include:
Lastly, Truvada may also cause some users to suffer from lactic acidosis. This condition results in patients suffering symptoms much like the aforementioned but along with stomach pain and coldness in the extremities.
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A strong investigation can bring compelling evidence to the forefront, and can help you win your claim against the makers of Truvada, enabling you to receive maximum monetary compensation that can help cover:
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First and foremost, you need to seek out medical attention immediately for any type of side effect or injury that you’ve sustained related to your use of Truvada. Equally important to your health, a hospital visit will provide documentation showcasing treatment provided for the injury sustained. Medical documentation, alongside hospital bills, are crucial pieces of evidence that can be used in your product liability claim.
Before stopping use of Truvada, you need to speak with your primary healthcare provider. You will want to get permission first to stop taking the medication. Failure to do so can result in other health issues developing. Your doctor may be able to provide you with safer or alternative options.
Please remember to NOT throw away the medication. The actual medication itself can be used as physical evidence in your product liability claim.
Next, you will need to file a claim with a product liability attorney as soon as possible. Depending on your state, statute of limitations laws will require that you file a Truvada lawsuit within a certain amount of time in order to qualify for a claim to seek damages. If this time has expired, you may not be able to fight for the compensation that is rightfully due to you.
An experienced attorney will have to determine if Gilead Sciences Inc. is truly liable for the injuries you have suffered as a result of taking Truvada. To do so, he or she must assess what type of product liability case you have.
There are three types of product liability claims:
Strict liability focuses on the product itself rather than on the negligent actions a company, supplier, or manufacturer took. An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to prove that there is a defect in the design, manufacture, or marketing of the product that made the HIV drug “unreasonably dangerous” and caused injury to the claimant.
To prove negligence, the product liability lawyer of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC will prove that the maker of the HIV drug did not provide adequate or reasonable care in designing and manufacturing the drug or while marketing it.
Lastly, a breach of warranty focuses on the product’s warranty. A warranty, in essence, is a promise from the manufacturer stating that the product you purchased — in this case, Truvada —will act as it was intended to. When there is a breach in this duty of care, the liable party can be held responsible for the injuries you have suffered.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC have the experience, skill, and determination to hold the manufacturers of Truvada responsible. If you have suffered damages as a result of taking this HIV drug, then contact us today at (409) 763-3260to learn more about how we can help you.
Once this determination on liability is set, our Truvada lawsuit attorneys will move into the next phase: collecting facts and evidence. Our lawyers must gather as many details as possible regarding the HIV drug, its history, your personal experiences, and how the drug affected you.
It is safe to say that most products — especially medication like Truvada — contain some sort of label detailing:
If any part of the labeling, dangers, or information were not made clear, this could help you in your Truvada lawsuit.
In addition to collecting evidence early on, our attorneys must get a statement from you—either in writing or via recording—while all of the information is still fresh. This statement must be free of bias, factually accurate, and short and simple.
Once that is all completed, it’s time to move into the investigation portion of your claim. With an experienced Truvada lawsuit attorney from The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC, you’ll receive valuable legal guidance from a team that has years of experience investigating greedy companies and product liability claims.
If you or someone you love has suffered from adverse effects as a result of using Truvada, our attorneys want to hear your story. Contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 to set up your FREE legal consultation with some of the best product liability attorneys in Texas today.