Frequently Asked Questions
Our experienced Truvada lawsuit attorneys are frequently asked the following questions by clients that have been taken advantage of by Gilead Sciences Inc. We have compiled them, along with their answers, for your benefit down below.
What is Truvada?
Truvada is a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004. Their manufacturer, Gilead Sciences Inc., created the drug to treat patients—in combination with their other HIV medications—that have contracted the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or to prevent transmission to people in high-risk circumstances.
Truvada is made up of two main medicinal components, emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). Both medicines work to reduce activity in the enzyme reverse transcriptase. This enzyme is used by the virus to replicate other HIV-infected cells.
This medication proved to be a success, as it has accrued $11 billion in profits for Gilead yearly, but many state that Gilead allegedly used deceitful and negligent business practices that put profits over people.
How is Truvada Harming Users?
One of the aforementioned medicinal components in Truvada known as TDF has recently been linked to serious side effects that can cause severe damage to kidneys and bone. Keep in mind that this TDF component isn’t exclusive to Truvada, but it is used in other medical products from Gilead like:
Allegedly, around 20,000 users taking these TDF-based medications to manage or prevent HIV have been diagnosed with kidney and bone diseases. It was also alleged that approximately 6,000 bone breaks were caused by TDF-related side effects.
What Did Gilead Do Wrong?
Sources say that Gilead Science Inc. knew of the side effects and injuries that TDF can cause when ingested but still sold the products to users anyway. To make matters worse, Gilead had a safer alternative to TDF-based medicines stored in their laboratories. This medicine, Tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), achieves the same desired medicinal effects as TDF but in a much smaller, much safer dose.
Allegedly, Gilead was selling out the TDF-based medication until its patent ran out, and from there, in an effort to maximize profit, the company would begin to market the TAF-based medications as a “new and improved” formula of the older medications. Moreover, Gilead had created TDF and TAF medicines around the same time. As per the FDA, if a company has the capability to create a new safer drug, the company holds a responsibility to do so. Gilead didn’t.
Due to the deception, users all across the United States are seeking out experienced Truvada lawyers like the ones at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC to help them get the monetary compensation that is due to them.
What Communities Are Being Affected By Truvada Side Effects?
As per HIV.gov, it is estimated that 1.1 million people in the United States are affected by HIV, while 15 percent of them are unaware of having it. In 2017, it was estimated that 125,000 U.S. residents were using PrEP, a huge leap from the 22,000 users in early 2015.
The following Truvada users taking the drug to help manage HIV or prevent transmission are at risk of developing debilitating bone and kidneys diseases:
- Gay and Bisexual Men
- Ethnic Minorities
- Injection Drug Users
- Individuals from the criminal justice system
- White men 25 and older who take Truvada for prevention
What Bone Complications Are Occurring Because of Truvada?
TDF can cause a myriad of bone complications in users. This base medicinal component in Truvada can cause symptoms that you need to watch out for, such as:
- Discomfort in Extremities
- Tooth Decay and/or Loss
- Decreased Bone Mineral Density
- Bone Deterioration or Osteoporosis
- Bone Loss or Osteopenia
- Bone Fractures
What Kidney Complications Are Users of Truvada Experiencing?
In addition to bone complications, the TDF in Truvada may cause a wide array of kidney problems since the excess TDF has to pass through said organs. This can lead to:
- Decreased Urination
- Fanconi Syndrome
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Acute Renal Failure
- Kidney Failure
What is a Product Liability Claim?
From a general perspective, product liability is an area of law where manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and others in the distribution chain can be held liable for placing a defective product on the market, affecting the consumers who purchase it.
There are three types of product liability claims:
- Strict Liability – Focuses on the defective product. Our attorneys would have to prove that the product was defective in its design, manufacturing, or marketing processes. As a result, the product is unreasonably dangerous and can cause injury to the user.
- Negligence – Focuses on exploring if the company, manufacturer, marketer, or other entity along the distribution chain provided reasonable care to ensure safety among users.
- Breach of Warranty – Focuses on written or implied warranties. Here, your lawyer investigates whether the product acted in accordance to its intended use as per the warranty, and if not, how much harm did it cause.
What Kind of Evidence Must I Collect to Prove My Product Liability Claim?
Collecting basic facts and evidence is something that an experienced Truvada lawsuit attorney excels at. This means that gathering as much details as possible regarding Truvada and its product history is just as important as how it affected you.
Product labels are a product liability lawyers best friend. An entire library of information is available on this simple piece of paper that can help your chances at winning your claim:
- Model Numbers
- Serial Numbers
- Dates of Manufacture
- Regulatory Entities
- Set of Standards
- Instructions for Use, Assembly, and/or Maintenance
This information can give us insight to relevant product recalls from any prior claims and lawsuits made, and it can tell us whether the instructions, warranty, or other relevant information was too vague.
A short, bias-free written or recorded statement from the victim is also another heavy piece of evidence that can be used in a product liability case. However, it is best to get this out of the way as soon as possible as the information tends to suffer as time passes due to forgetfulness.
Lastly, research can help a product liability attorney fill in any gaps that may be present. Interviewing a local professional from the medical or science communities can help us get better insight to how the side effects of Truvada are affecting you, strengthening your claim to compensation.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Qualify For?
A qualified Truvada lawsuit attorney like the ones at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC can help you win the product liability claim from the makers of Truvada, Gilead Sciences Inc., with strong, compelling, and credible evidence. With us, you can expect to receive compensation for:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Funeral Expenses
Why Should I Choose The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC to Represent Me?
Our law firm has extensive knowledge of product liability litigation, combined with trial experience that can best assist victims harmed by defective products. With a personalized approach to every individual case, clients are continuously satisfied with the outcome of their claim.
For a legal team that has over 25 years of legal experience, we work diligently to expand our knowledge and craft. Those that seek the legal services of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC are securing their best chance at outstanding results in their legal pursuits.
The Truvada lawsuit attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC have assisted victims who have suffered in the following cases to secure considerable compensation:
- Maritime/Admiralty Commercial Litigation
- Jones Act and Offshore Injuries
- Commercial Litigation
- Petrochemical Accidents
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Car/Truck Accidents
- Insurance Litigation
- Defective Drugs like Truvada
Suffering an unexpected personal injury can be detrimental and even life-changing. Our law firm prioritized the well-being of our clients and aims to make a difference in your life by equipping you with the tools necessary to properly seek out justice in the civil court and recover damages to alleviate the impact of your accident.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Truvada lawsuit attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 today for a cost-free consultation over your product liability claim.