DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICES & PHARMACEUTICAL INJURIES
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.
The defective drug lawyers at Reich & Binstock are here to help. Call us today at 713-622-7271 for a free consultation.
What is Truvada?
Truvada is an antiviral medication prescribed to treat and prevent HIV and AIDS. It has been linked to kidney disease and bone damage.
What are the Dangers of Truvada?
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
- 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.
Why are There Lawsuits for Truvada?
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.
What Medications are Subject to Litigation?
What are Common Injuries Associated With Truvada?
Common injures associated with Truvada and other similar TDF drugs include, but are not limited to:
- acute or chronic kidney disease
- kidney failure
- fanconi syndrome
What Compensation Can Victims of Truvada Recover?
Victims of Truvada are likely to have suffered injuries and steep medical bills, among other losses. A drug lawsuit against Gilead can recover the compensation for the losses, pain and suffering that victims have sustained through no fault of their own.
Compensatory damages can include:
- cost of medical treatment
- pain and suffering
- loss of consortium
- lost income
- future lost income
Truvada for Profit, Not Patients
It is hard to overlook the medical strides that are responsible for saving lives and improving the quality of life for people infected with HIV. Despite notable progress, there is reason to believe that the drugs marketed to patients were not the safest and most effective drugs available at the time.
All fingers point to Gilead Sciences, Inc. to explain the gap between patient health and public knowledge. Gilead is the pharmaceutical manufacturer responsible for developing the so-called HIV “miracle drugs” containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). At the same time Gilead patented and marketed TDF drugs such as Viread and Truvada, they also created a better and safer drug called tenofovir alafenamide (TAF). Unlike TDF, TAF was designed to activate only after reaching HIV-infected cells. TAF fights the HIV virus more efficiently, working at a fraction of the dose and thereby eliminating the risk for serious bone and kidney injuries that resulted from compounded systemic exposure to toxic TDF drug compounds.
Rather than introducing the TAF to the market when it was ready, Gilead misrepresented the safety profile of TDF-based treatments for 15 years. Gilead went so far as to publicly discontinue the development of the TAF program, deceptively claiming that TAF did not differ enough from TDF to warrant further investigation. However, Gilead merely shelved their real miracle drug until their TDF patents expired, maximizing TDF-related profits all while positioning TAF for immediate success upon release.
Contact the Defective Drug Lawyers at Reich and Binstock
For nearly 20 years, Gilead dominated the HIV market at the expense of patient well-being. Unlike Gilead, Reich & Binstock is committed to putting clients, patients, and people first. If you believe that your bone or kidney injury is related to a TDF drug, Reich & Binstock can help you find out. Please call our Houston office at 713-622-7271 or fill out our contact form below to find out more information about your rights.
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