Truvada Side Effects
In America, 1.1 million individuals are living with HIV. Gilead Sciences, INC, marketed the drug Truvada to HIV positive demographics, claiming that their product was effective in stopping the spread of HIV. By 2015, over 79,000 Americans were taking the drug as a preventative measure against the spread of the disease.
Patients and their loved ones are now emerging with claims of suffering from bone density loss and kidney damage after using Truvada, and critics claim that Gilead Sciences were aware of the harmful risks and halted research on a much more effective version of the drug.
If you or a loved one have suffered health complications or long-term damage related to using the Gilead Science antiretroviral, Truvada, the Truvda lawsuit attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC are prepared to fight for you and help recover available compensation.
Do not suffer your health complications alone. Contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC for a free consultation of your Truvada situation with a defective pharmaceutical attorney today.
Gilead Withheld Effective Treatment for Profits
Since advertising the antiretroviral Truvada as an HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to HIV positive patients, the market of pharmaceutical company Gilead more than doubled.
The company is said to have created two versions of the drug which are Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) and Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF). Gilead saw much success in the launch of antiretroviral TDF and had an initial patent of 15 years to produce and sell this drug, but in 2014 that patent expired.
The company then launched TAF as the ‘new and improved’ Truvada, however, questions about the timeline of the release of this product have surfaced. The company allegedly had knowledge of the harmful effects of TDF and withheld a release of the more effective TAF for the purpose of sales. Documents recently filed in California Federal Court make this accusation, stating that Gilead added chemicals to an older TDF drug called Stribild to make it appear more dangerous in tests when compared directly with newer medications. People who used Stribild may have suffered the consequences of this intentional poisoning, losing kidney function and bone density while Gilead profited from tainting its product. In short, Gilead mixed chemical agents into a TDF drug that potentially increased its toxicity in order to make its TAF drugs more appealing in clinical trials.
Another issue with TDF is that in order to work, higher dosages of the drug must be taken. TAF is said to be the safer alternative to TDF because it is effective in stopping the spread of HIV without having to be taken in as high of a dosage, thus causing less damage to the bones and kidneys. Gilead has been aware of this for more than a decade, yet continued promoting the less effective medication. Since TDF is less effective and requires a higher dosage, the company stood to sell more of it by withholding information about the safer TAF drugs while waiting for its TDF patent to expire. In 2018, group of scientists hired by Gilead estimated that the company’s actions could be the cause of at least 100,000 cases of kidney and bone issues in the United States alone.
Patients and their families are now filing lawsuits against Gilead over allegations that the company knowingly withheld warning over the health risks of their product, meanwhile halting the development of the safer version of the product.
Health Risks Associated With Truvada
The FDA issued two Truvada warnings to the Gilead Company after recognizing that the company failed to inform users of the side effects and was deceptive of the overall claims to safety of the product.
Studies reveal that antiretroviral drugs containing the ingredient tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) including Truvada, Atripla, Complera, Viread, or Stribild can lead to an increased risk of the following health complications:
- Broken/Demineralized Bones
- Chronic kidney disease
- Renal impairment
- Kidney failure
- Impaired kidney function
- Kidney toxicity
- Fanconi Syndrome
Kidneys are small organs that help to produce necessary circulatory and bone hormones while removing waste to effectively filter the blood in the body. When high doses of TDF are taken, the kidneys have a difficult time filtering this excess, thus leading to issues with the kidneys and bones.
Diminished mineral bone density is the result of the kidneys not being able to produce the essential hormone that supports healthy bone growth. Osteoporosis, or bone fragility, has been noted in patients taking Truvada.
Long-term and serious health effects can result from kidney failure or reduced function as a result of the body experiencing difficulty in filtering out tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF).
Truvada users that have been diagnosed with the listed health complications may have a good case on their hands. To recover damages from the negligent Gilead company, call (409) 763-3260 now.
Symptoms of Truvada Side Effects
The development of health issues may progress over time. The longer you have unknowingly been exposed to the toxic drug with key ingredient TDF, the more damage that can be done.
If you have taken Truvada type TDF in the past, it is important to acknowledge the symptoms associated with health risks that are caused by the drug.
If you have any of the following conditions, you should meet with a medical professional as soon as possible:
- Bone injuries: Seek medical care for bone fragility, fractures, or breaks. Truvada is linked to osteoporosis, and patients may suffer apparent bone injury.
- Kidney issues: Truvada related kidney problems may be signaled by a reduced urination, swelling of legs, ankles, and feet or even difficulty breathing. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.
- Liver damage: This drug may also impact the condition of the liver. Beware of darkening of urine, jaundiced skin or eyes, nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach aches.
- Lactic acidosis: If you experience sudden muscle pain, accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath, dizzy spells, and fatigue, you may be experiencing the life-threatening condition of lactic acidosis. Seek emergency medical care for this issue of the blood.
Call (409) 763-3260 now for a free consultation from skillful personal injury attorneys if you have suffered have experienced these symptoms related to Truvada.
Damages That Can Be Pursued in Truvada Claim
Gilead has made false claims of safety and been silent of risks associated with the PrEP treatment, thus inflicting danger on the lives of individuals that were attempting to be proactive in regards to sexual health.
Consumers who have used Truvada to lessen the chances of getting HIV and have since suffered bone injuries and kidney issues deserve to be compensated for their losses.
When you seek the assistance of the knowledgeable and skilled Texas personal injury attorneys at Eiland Law, we will work to help you secure compensation for the following applicable damages:
- Medical expenses
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
The effects of the drug may have temporary to permanent effects to your health. Long-term damage can result in extensive medical care which can place a financial burden on you and your loved ones.
Pharmaceutical companies have the duty of making all risks well-known to consumers and advertising drugs that are safe to use. Gilead is responsible for harming many Truvada users and must be held liable.
Do not hesitate to get the help you deserve. Contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC today by calling (409) 763-3260 for assistance in your recovery.
Holding Big Pharma Responsible
It is not uncommon for successful pharmaceutical companies to conceal any negative associations with their brand in order to preserve their name and their profits.
Critics allege that Gilead had some knowledge of the dangers associated with their product, and furthermore, delayed the sale of a drug which they knew to be more effective and less toxic that TDF.
Along with all around negligence, the company is being held liable for:
- Failure to warn: Lack of addressing health risks and failure to warn consumers lead many to be blindsided by the development of bone and kidney injury, many when the damage was too substantial to reverse.
- False safety claims: By marketing their drug as safe to use, many consumers were deceived, and the company continued to profit without addressing the truth.
- Defects in drug design: The big pharma company had a duty to produce a product that could alleviate sickness not induce health issues.
- Breach of the existing warranties: Gilead did not introduce the more effective TAF until 2014 when the patent for TDF expired, to prevent a dip in sales and concerns over the harmful product.
HIV litigation attorneys across the U.S. are helping victims file claims against a company who knowingly failed to remove a product off the market, even when they had a safer alternative which they delayed to reveal for alternative motives.
Going up against such a powerful company can seem difficult to victims, but with the help of an attorney who is actively pursuing the truth behind the negligence, you can seek the means of recovery to combat accumulating expenses.
If you have taken Truvada, do not suffer the damages alone. Consult a well-informed attorney to determine if you have an eligible claim against the big pharma company, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
How We Can Help
Gilead profited millions off of their HIV prevention drug Truvada. Our attorneys are working hard to investigate claims of victims who suffered bone injury and kidney injury after using the antiretroviral drug.
The skillful attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC have the necessary knowledge of pharmaceutical drug litigation to handle your case with precision and care. When you seek help from our attorneys, you will have the support necessary to recover maximum damages from the harm you suffered.
It’s time to hold big pharma accountable for instances of negligence that causes large parties harm in a failure to address issues with popular drugs. Individuals that used the drug to prevent HIV should not have to suffer the detriments of bone damage and kidney failure. Compensation will serve to aid in medical treatment and other costs related to pain and suffering.
Seek justice for your injury and connect with The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 or online to see if your circumstances are eligible for compensation from a Truvada lawsuit.