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HIV drug Truvada manufacturer allegedly traded hope for greed

If you received a diagnosis of HIV, you probably began immediately to research ways to remain healthy and active for as long as possible. Fortunately, in the past several decades, medical advances have produced several options for those who are HIV-positive and those who are at risk of contracting the virus. One of those is the medication Truvada.

Truvada has been the go-to drug for preventing HIV cells from multiplying and becoming full-blown AIDS. Perhaps you have taken it for this purpose or as a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP drug. While you may have thought Truvada was providing hope for a longer, healthier life, instead, you may now be dealing with serious side effects that Gilead, the drug manufacturer, allegedly hid from you and others dealing with the HIV virus.

What are the dangers?

Whether you have used Truvada as a PrEP drug to reduce your risk of infection or as a way of minimizing the chances that your HIV would develop into AIDS, you likely took the pill every day as the manufacturer recommended. Unfortunately, it is just such a dosage that may have placed you at risk of a buildup of toxicity in your body. Some users of Truvada claim the following dangerous side effects are linked to their use of the drug:

  • Broken and fractured bones resulting from a deterioration in their bone structure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia, which is a weakening of the bones less serious than osteoporosis
  • Kidney damage and failure from the stress of having to expel Truvada's toxins from the body
  • Lactic acidosis, which is a buildup of lactic acid in your bloodstream, leading to weakness, breathing issues and nausea

Damage to your kidneys can quickly become a matter of life and death.

What did Gilead know?

Investigations into the negative side effects of Truvada have revealed some frustrating and disappointing information. It is possible that the drug manufacturer knew about the dangers of Truvada for a decade and had even developed a safer drug for the same purpose. However, a growing number of lawsuits claim that Gilead kept the new drug off the market so it could gain as much profit as possible from the public's demand for Truvada.

Drug companies placing their own profits ahead of the well-being of patients is one of the more egregious examples of corporate greed, especially since those taking a daily drug like Truvada may already have precarious health issues. If you or a loved one suffered any of the damaging side effects linked to Truvada, you would do well to contact an attorney since you may have a limited time to seek the justice you deserve.

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