TDF, or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, is a drug designed to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Marketed by Gilead under the brand name Truvada (along with others), TDF drugs were seen as a first-line treatment for HIV.
The problem is that TDF drugs weren’t nearly as safe as Gilead led doctors and patients to believe. Even though Gilead knew that TDF drugs caused osteoporosis, fractures, kidney damage, renal failure and even death, the company continued to promote the drugs to protect its profits — while simultaneously keeping a much safer treatment, known as TAF drugs, off the market.
TDF Injury Lawsuits
Many of those injured by TDF drugs may want to file a personal injury lawsuit in the near future — and they’re being encouraged to act quickly. Otherwise, they might run into a barrier due to the statute of limitations.
Every state has established a statute of limitations, or time limit, on personal injury claims. An injury victim who waits too long to make a claim forever loses that right. The Texas statute of limitations is 2 years.
In the case of a defective drug, however, an injury may not have been apparent right away. Side effects such as osteoporosis and kidney damage can take a while to develop — and even longer to show up in tests or cause noticeable harm to the victim. Also, victims may have had no reason to suspect that a drug they were told was safe was behind their medical woes. That’s reason to argue that the clock on the statute of limitations didn’t start ticking until well after victims took their first dose of a TDF drug.
Every case is unique. Because of the variables that can be involved, it’s wisest to discuss your case with an experienced defective drug attorney in Houston as soon as possible.