Truvada Lawsuit 2021

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. Unfortunately, an ongoing Truvada lawsuit reveals the dangers of this popular drug.

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?

To help manage HIV infection, this medicine is used with other HIV drugs. It aids in the reduction of HIV in your body, allowing your immune system to function more effectively. This reduces your risk of HIV consequences (such as new infections and cancer) while also improving your quality of life. Emtricitabine and tenofovir are the two medicines that make up this product. A nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor is emtricitabine, whereas a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor is tenofovir. They’re referred to as NRTIs.

This medicine is also used to help patients who are at high risk of contracting HIV avoid being infected. Having an HIV-positive partner, having unprotected sex, having numerous sex partners, infection with a sexually transmitted disease-STD, or drug or alcohol use/abuse are all factors that raise risk.

What Are the Dangers of Truvada?

Truvada, as with nearly every other drug, has side effects associated with its use. According to the CDC, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, back discomfort, and a change in the color of your skin on your palms and soles of your feet are all possible side effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if any of these side effects continue or worsen.

This drug can cause serious (and occasionally deadly) liver and blood issues in certain people. If you experience signs of liver disease (such as nausea/vomiting that won’t stop, lack of appetite, stomach/abdominal discomfort, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), or lactic acidosis (such as sleepiness, nausea/vomiting, unusual weakness), call your doctor immediately. Tenofovir has also been linked to an increased risk of bone loss.

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 and is 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

Why Are There Lawsuits for Truvada?

Gilead neglected to notify consumers about the significant and potentially deadly dangers of Truvada, despite having a legal obligation to do so. Gilead also blocked a safer medication from the market for years because Truvada was more profitable, according to a Truvada lawsuit filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Unfortunately, these companies frequently prioritize profits over the health and safety of their customers. They must be held accountable if this occurs.

Drug companies placing their own profits ahead of the well-being of patients is one of the more egregious examples of corporate greed. This applies 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, we recommend speaking with a pharmaceutical injury attorney with Reich & Binstock.

What Medications Are Subject to Litigation?

A Truvada lawsuit will allege that the pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, medication Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) causes renal issues and bone loss. Gilead allegedly suppressed a safer alternative, tenofovir alafenamide, or TAF, in order to maximize revenues from Truvada and other TDF-containing medicines including Viread, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild, according to the lawsuits.

What Are Common Injuries Associated with Truvada?

As mentioned above, common and serious injuries associated with Truvada include kidney problems and bone density loss.

Kidney Problems:

  • Acute kidney injury or renal failure
  • Chronic kidney disease or a decline in kidney function
  • Faconi’s syndrome, which is a disorder in which certain substances normally absorbed into the blood are discharged in the urine
  • Kidney tubular dysfunction

Bone Density Loss:

  • Osteopenia, which is the beginning of the loss of bone mass and the weakening of the bones
  • Osteoporosis, which is a bone disease that results in the body losing too much bone mass, making too little bone mass, or both
  • Bone fractures

What Compensation Can Victims of a Truvada Lawsuit Recover?

Settlements vary greatly from case to case, so the amount you may expect will be determined on the facts of your case. You may be able to recover both economic and non-economic losses.

Economic Damages:

If you have rising medical costs and other expenses as a result of a disease that developed from using Truvada, you may be able to collect significant financial damages in a Truvada lawsuit. Economic damages should cover any expenditures incurred as a result of your disease or condition.

  • Past, current, and future medical costs
  • Past, current, and future lost income resulting from the injury
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Household services
  • Other injury-related out-of-pocket expenses

A plaintiff must also show their damages in order to receive compensation. Any future medical expenses, for example, will almost certainly require evidence from your doctor.

Non-economic Damages:

When a faulty medicine causes a serious injury or a life-altering medical condition, the victim may be entitled to considerable non-economic damages.

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • The aggravation of previous or existing conditions
  • Disability
  • Quality of life reduction
  • Other related non-economic damages

Money won’t make your suffering go away, but it can help you with other aspects of your life. For example, if even the most basic daily duties have become tough for you, you may pay someone to take care of them for you.

Truvada Lawsuit 2021 Updates

A huge number of individuals have filed cases against Gilead Sciences, Inc. since 2018, including one instance involving their medication Letairis. It ended in the manufacturer agreeing to a $97 million settlement. Despite this, there have been no Truvada cases settled to date. As these lawsuits make their way through the courts, this might shift in the future.

Because there is so much at risk for a pharmaceutical firm, dangerous drug cases can take years to resolve. Any legal action taken against a drug producer is usually fought, and the company may submit appeal after appeal.

Dangerous drug trials also need a substantial quantity of evidence against the defendants, and they frequently rely on expert witness testimony. As a result, a case against Truvada might take years to resolve.

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 to schedule your free consultation or to learn more information about the Truvada lawsuit.

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