San Antonio Truvada Lawsuit Attorneys
For individuals looking to control or prevent the contraction of HIV, the introduction of Truvada and similar drugs to the market may have seemed like a miracle. Unfortunately, that sliver of hope was short-lived and a false promise.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects after taking Truvada, it’s important to know that you are not alone. The San Antonio Truvada attorneys at The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC are standing by waiting to help you hold the drug manufacturer accountable so you can recover financial compensation. It’s time that drug companies answer for their negligent actions and decisions that cause harm to innocent patients.
Truvada was heralded as an anti-HIV and PrEp medication. The creator and manufacturer of Truvada, Gilead Sciences, Inc., claimed that Truvada would not just help those currently living with HIV manage their condition, but it would also significantly mitigate the risk of HIV-negative people contracting HIV by simply ingesting a daily pill.
These claims, which seemed like answered prayers, were celebrated across communities and the country. However, serious side effects are now coming to light almost two decades after the Truvada was introduced to the general public.
This has prompted people who have developed these life-altering side effects to take legal action against Gilead Sciences, Inc., by establishing the claim that Gilead Sciences, Inc. was aware of the side effects for years. Plaintiffs in the claim have undeniable proof that Truvada has been linked to serious side effects like loss of bone density and kidney and liver problems.
For years, Gilead Sciences, Inc. has sadly put profit over innocent people. That time is over. To learn more about your legal options and rights moving forward and how the San Antonio Truvada lawsuit attorneys can help, contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC today by calling (409) 763-3260.
We are committed to helping victims like you and will not rest until we hold this negligent pharmaceutical manufacturer responsible. If you have taken Truvada in the past and are currently experiencing serious side effects, the time to act is now, so call us today to schedule a free consultation.
Why You Need an Attorney
Product liability cases, especially against pharmaceutical companies, are unique and unlike any other civil claim, you might make. When you take on a powerful drug company, the stakes are high. Drug companies have large and powerful legal teams that are experienced, prepared, and ready to crush any opposition.
Trying to fight them by yourself without competing resources and expert knowledge of the legal system would be unwise and ultimately disastrous. A San Antonio Truvada attorney will walk you through every stage of the process, make sure you don’t miss any deadlines, and dedicate all of their time to building a strong argument for your case while you spend your time and energy focused on your health.
What is the Truvada Lawsuit?
Truvada works by stopping the activity of the reverse transcriptase enzyme—the enzyme HIV uses to replicate itself in healthy cells. On the surface, the combination of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and emtricitabine works so well that in May 2019, Gilead Sciences, Inc., in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, agreed to donate Truvada to be distributed at no charge to 200,000 uninsured people at risk of contracting HIV every year. However, there is more to this altruistic gesture than meets the eye. The new medication being distributed will be patented as Descovy, just as the current patent for Truvada is expiring. If Descovy is approved for use as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), then Gilead could potentially reap billions of more dollars, even though it knows the drug can cause serious side effects.
Two California men filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences, Inc. in May 2018 that claimed that Truvada causes dangerous side effects and that Gilead concealed information about the side effects from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They also claimed that the drug manufacturer found a safer alternative to TDF, but willingly withheld the research, in order to maximize profits from the patent on Truvada.
Around the same time that Gilead Sciences, Inc. was developing TDF, it was also developing a safer agent called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), which was found to be equally effective in smaller doses. TAF is also more easily absorbed by the body, thereby decreasing the stress the drug places on the liver and kidneys.
With a class-action lawsuit leveled against the company now, more victims are coming forward with stories of liver problems, kidney disease, and a decrease in bone density. If you’ve taken Truvada in the past or are currently taking it to prevent or control HIV, and are experiencing health complications, you may be able to join the class-action lawsuit with the help of a San Antonio Truvada attorney.
What are the Side Effects of Truvada?
The victims of Truvada are people who are most vulnerable to contracting HIV and AIDS. In Texas and across the United States, this population includes gay and bisexual men, and particularly men of color. NBC News noted that almost 35 percent of gay and bisexual men take PrEP to prevent the development of HIV in others and themselves.
There is no current cure for HIV or AIDS. Still, for the estimated 375 infected people per 100,000 in Texas, drugs like Truvada significantly lowers the risk of developing serious complications related to the virus, while simultaneously preventing it from spreading to others. Unfortunately, patients weren’t properly warned of the serious side effects the drug could cause until recently.
It’s now known that the active ingredient in Truvada, TDF, decreases calcium and other vital minerals in bones resulting in loss of bone density. This makes bones much more susceptible to fractures and breaks.
Some of the most common bone-related side effects include:
- Discomfort in extremities
- Bones that deteriorate
- Tooth decay or loss
Along with bone damage, Truvada also causes damage to organs responsible for processing medication. TDF is only effective in large doses taken on a daily basis. This continued exposure to TDF can lead to many side effects like:
- Chronic kidney disease
- The decline in kidney function
- Acute kidney injury
- Acute renal failure
- Decreased urination and kidney stones
- Fanconi syndrome
- Kidney failure
- Damage to liver
Along with the above side effects, Truvada has also been linked to lactic acidosis, a condition that makes the bloodstream acidic due to rises in pH levels. This can cause muscle aches, nausea, stomach cramps, burning sensation, and in some cases, even death.
What Compensation Can I Claim?
For individuals who have suffered side effects and injuries after taking Truvada, financial compensation may be your only hope of avoiding financial ruin. Whether you experienced weakened bone density, kidney failure, or liver problems, you may be eligible for compensation to cover a wide range of expenses.
An experienced San Antonio Truvada attorney can help you recover any or all of the following:
- Medical bill compensation – This includes all bills related to treatment, rehabilitation, visits to a hospital, prescription costs, and even future medical costs.
- Lost wages or loss of ability to work – If you missed work or have been unable to return to work due to your injuries, you may be able to recover wages to help pay for daily expenses.
- Loss of enjoyment of life – Truvada was supposed to increase your quality of life, not deteriorate it. If you have experienced debilitating side effects that make the smallest tasks impossible, you may be able to recover compensation.
- Pain and suffering – Victims can be awarded damages for significant pain and suffering they otherwise wouldn’t have experienced if Gilead Sciences, Inc. didn’t disregard their health and safety.
The state of Texas also allows victims to collect punitive damages that extend far beyond standard monetary loss and compensation. This classification of damages is intended to punish the defendant for their grossly irresponsible actions and also act as a deterrent to prevent other companies from behaving this way in the future.
Texas prevents punitive damages from exceeding $200,000 or double the amount of economic damages plus the total non-economic damages up to $750,000, whichever is greater. A San Antonio Truvada attorney will make sure you get every dollar you deserve and won’t just accept the first offer.
You have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so it’s important to take legal action as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss your chance to join the class-action lawsuit. In Texas, plaintiffs have two years from the date they discovered their injuries to file a claim and be eligible for financial compensation.
Contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC Today
Unlike doctors and other medical professionals who strive to fulfill their oath, “first, do no harm,” pharmaceutical companies have, time and again, put profit over the safety and lives of innocent people.
Sadly, this reality is not new or surprising. Gilead Sciences, Inc. knew Truvada caused serious side effects and left it on the market anyway, putting people serious risk. If you or someone you know has suffered because of Truvada in the San Antonio area, we want to help you take legal action to recover damages.
To learn more about how the San Antonio Truvada lawyers can help you during this trying time, contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC today by calling (409) 763-3260. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and since we work on a contingency basis, we promise not to collect a dollar from you unless we win.
Let our attorneys guide you every step of the way as we do everything in our power to reclaim what Gilead Sciences, Inc. took away.