Past Truvada Settlements
In 2004, Gilead Sciences Inc. got the green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their ambitious “miracle drug” aimed at helping those affected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Truvada was now available to treat the 34.6 million people across the globe in living with the virus while preventing transmission to those in high risk circumstances that same year.
Unfortunately, defects in the composition of Truvada are causing those affected by HIV to fall fatally ill, and lawsuits against their maker are on the rise.
If you have taken Truvada and experience health complications such a kidney and bone issues, you need to seek out the legal experience of the Truvada lawsuit attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC today. With our product liability experience, winning the compensation you deserve is a stress-free process that enables you to focus on recuperating.
The Truvada lawyers of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC want to help you get your voice heard, call our experienced and skillful attorneys at (409) 763-3260 today.
The Truth About Gilead And Truvada
Gilead Sciences Inc. is a major biopharmaceutical company that produces an array of HIV drugs including Truvada, Atripla, Viread, Stribild and Complera. An active ingredient within these drugs called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) has contributed to their lucrative earnings the company reaped in 2018, totaling around $21.7 billion at the end of the year.
TDF has been a constant top pick in antiretroviral drugs, which has also brought much success to the company. However, on two occasions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings to Gilead regarding false safety claims and their concealment of associated health risks with their product, Truvada.
In order for the drug to work, TDF must be taken in much higher doses than its alternative, a medicinal component called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF). These drugs came out relatively around the same time; however, TAF is a more effective and overall safer to use product when compared to medications that contain TDF.
Critics allege that Gilead has purposely avoided swapping TDF for TAF-based medications for the sake of profits. As a result, withholding these safer and more effective drug has led consumers of Truvada to be exposed to serious health complications like kidney failure and decreased bone mineral density.
Health Complications Related To Truvada
Despite its intention to help prevent the transmission and spread of a potentially life-threatening virus, Truvada users have suffered alternate health complications that can be both long-term and fatal.
For instance, the kidneys filter excess fluids and waste from the blood and excrete them through urine. The large doses of TDF required to be effective is hard on the kidneys and can cause serious health issues, including:
- Acute kidney damage
- Chronic kidney disease
- Renal failure
- Related nephritic injuries
When the kidneys begin to fail, they could also cause a lot of complications where you would least expect it. Aside from the kidney complications, bone injuries may also result from taking Truvada like:
- Broken or fragile bones
- Related orthopedic injuries
Other health risks associated with taking Truvada include liver damage, worsening of Hepatitis B, and lactic acidosis which is an excess of lactic acid in the blood. That is why if you have taken this medication and are experiencing any ill side effects, you need to see a doctor immediately.
After you have received treatment, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your suffering. Pharmaceutical companies like Gilead that mass market defective drugs must be held accountable for the harm that was inflicted upon their consumers.
If you suspect your health complications have been caused by TDF-based drugs, do not hesitate to seek legal representation from the knowledgeable Truvada lawsuit attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC. Call (409) 763-3260 now.
Allegations Against Gilead Sciences Inc.
Plaintiffs allege that the pharmaceutical company acted negligently in the production and marketing of their TDF-based drugs—namely Truvada. The following reveals to what degree Gilead went to in order to put profits over people.
Concealing An Effective And Necessary Treatment
For over 15 years, Gilead allegedly kept secret the development of a much safer alternative form of TDF-based drugs like Truvada. Despite knowing the dangers of TDF, the company withheld medications containing TAF to maximize maximize profits until TDF’s patent ended. Then, TAF-based medication could be marketed as “new and improved,” securing the patent while delivering more business under deceitful business practices.
False Safety Claims
Part of the reason for Truvada’s success is a result of the false safety claims of their drug company, Gilead Sciences Inc., made. The drug was marketed as a highly effective method of putting an end to the transmission of a serious virus. If the company had been truthful about the risks of their product, consumers seeking to maintain their health would have not been so supportive of the brand.
Hiding Health Risks From The Public
Gilead had the duty to inform consumers and physicians of the serious and fatal side effects caused by the drug. Failure to do so demonstrates negligence on the pharmaceutical producers’ side. Since the company didn’t publicize the well-known risks, the mass distribution and prescription of Truvada was believed to be safe.
Class Action and Personal Injury Taken Against Gilead
In May of 2018, two sets of Californian HIV patients filed a class action and personal injury lawsuit separately against Gilead. As per the class action pleadings, Gilead had knowledge of the dangers of TDF since 2001, but nonetheless sold the defective product.
Class Action Lawsuits
Plaintiff Michael Lujano brought about a class action lawsuit to hold Gilead accountable for putting consumers in harm’s way for the sake of maintaining profits.
In 2015, Gilead totaled 18 billion in net profit. Class action lawsuits sought to hold Gilead accountable for depriving the public of a safer and more effective Truvada alternative in order to maintain the large-scale success of their drug.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
As for the two personal injury lawsuits against Gilead, the claims assert that the company’s negligence, design defect, failure to warn, breach of duty, and breach of implied and expressed warranty directly resulted in the serious health complications developing in their users.
Moreover, Gilead failed to make necessary changes to the ingredients or bring awareness of the risks associated with TDF consumption after the FDA called them out for false and misleading information regarding the side effects in 2002.
As of April 2019, 41 individuals from 12 states that are living with HIV and AIDS have appeared before Los Angeles County Superior Court to file a lawsuit against the big pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc.
How Can You File A Truvada Lawsuit?
Victims of kidney disease and bone deterioration caused by TDF-based products can experience life-threatening health complications, long-term pain and suffering, and substantial medical expenses.
Gilead made substantial profits through Truvada at their consumers’ expense, unknowingly setting that up as the most trusted and sought after antiretroviral medication producer in America. If you have suffered kidney or bone issues after taking a Truvada prescription, you should hire a Truvada lawsuit attorney from The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC to recover damages rightfully owed to you.
Consider taking these steps towards filing your Truvada lawsuit:
Seek Medical Attention
Unfortunately, symptoms of kidney and bone issues may not be noticeable. Before you know it, serious and irreversible damage may be done.
If you do begin to experience complications, always seek out a proper evaluation and treatment from a qualified medical provider. An expert in medicine can best tell you what you are dealing with and how severe the injury is.
Document All Expenses
Remember to keep receipts of all medical costs, emergency care, rehabilitation, and all other related expenses incurred because of your Truvada injury. This will serve as proof for the degree to which your Truvada illness has affected you, and it will prove valuable to winning the compensation you deserve.
Keep a Record of Your Experiences
From recording your symptoms, levels of pain, history of Truvada use, and the development of health issues, it is always more reliable to keep notes of your experiences rather than relying on your memory to recount events.
If you seek out medical attention, the hospital may fill out what is known as an incident report. This incident report details what you are suffering from, how you sustained the injury, who or where you were treated, and what treatment was administered. This report is truly invaluable to your product liability claim.
Contact the Truvada Lawsuit Attorneys of The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC Today
Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and the necessary experience working on defective product cases to help you get the most monetary compensation out of your Truvada lawsuit. Currently, our firm is working hard to uncover the truth behind the damage caused by Truvada, and our well-rounded team can offer you best legal guidance and client care. Our dedicated lawyers at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC will make arrangements for your Truvada legal pursuits and make sure you see consistent efforts all the way through. Victims of defective drugs have been highly satisfied with our firm’s attention to detail, finely tuned investigative process, and commitment to the recovery of each client.
Support and recovery are just a phone call away. Contact us at (409) 763-3260 or online now if you have suffered kidney damage or bone deterioration after being prescribed the antiretroviral Truvada, and together we will earn the compensation you deserve.