The attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers are currently investigating Truvada Medication Side Effect claims. Gilead Sciences Inc. is facing a lawsuit with over 40 plaintiffs over accusations that it knowingly sold a dangerous HIV medication and intentionally withheld a newer, safer HIV medication from the market in order to profit from the older medication’s patent for a longer time period. The lawsuit alleges that Gilead sold HIV medications, like Truvada, containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) despite knowing since 2001 that it was “highly toxic in the doses prescribed and risked permanent and possibly fatal damage to the kidneys and bones.” TDF was used in the following Gilead HIV medications:
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with kidney disease and/or bone density loss after taking Truvada or one of the above HIV medications you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call 1-800-718-4658 today for a free, confidential case evaluation, use the live chat, or fill out the free, confidential “Do I Have A Case?” form on this page.
Why Are Truvada Patients Suing Gilead?
The accusation that Gilead knowingly sold a dangerous medication to HIV patients is shocking. However, equally shocking is the accusation that Gilead intentionally withheld its newer, safer HIV medication Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF) from the market in order to maximize its profits.
The lawsuit alleges that Gilead knew that TAF was much safer than TDF as far back as 2002, yet chose to not release this research or bring TAF to the market until 2015, when Gilead’s patents on TDF expired. This allowed Gilead to profit from a longer period of FDA exclusivity regarding TDF.
The lawsuit claims that Gilead intentionally made sure that its patient and prescriber labeling did not contain adequate warnings that TDF patients need to be regularly monitored for signs of kidney and bone damage. The lawsuit says Gilead did this for the purposes of hiding TDF’s true risks and maximizing its own profits.
Gilead also raised the cost of some of its TDF-based drugs right before TDF’s patent expired. This was a clear attempt to get consumers to switch to its TAF-based medications before generic versions of TDF hit the market.
Truvada Side Effects
Patients who have taken Truvada or other medications containing TDF may be eligible for financial compensation if they have been diagnosed with one of the following injuries or conditions while using a TDF medication :
- Bone Fracture
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Renal Tubular Dysfunction
- Worsening Kidney Function
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Acute Renal Failure
- Fanconi Syndrome
TDF use for treatment of HIV infection was linked to osteoporosis and decreased bone density by a 2010 study, and it was linked to renal failure and kidney damage by a 2018 study. However, a study found that patients who take TDF to treat existing HIV infections are more likely to experience kidney damage or bone density loss than TDF patients who are HIV-negative and take the drug as a PrEP medication. No studies have linked PrEP use to kidney damage or bone density. Studies have found that daily PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by around 99 percent.
We believe that over 25,000 HIV patients may have been diagnosed with a serious side effect after taking TDF. These side effects include bone density loss and kidney disease. TDF use has also been found to increase the risk of bone fractures by 40 percent and nearly 6,000 bone fractures have so far been linked to TDF use.
Truvada Bone Side Effects
Patients have reported being diagnosed with Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and bone fractures while using Truvada and other TDF-containing HIV medications.
One patient reportedly took TDF for 11 years and was diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia of the hip, neck and spine at the age of 35.
A 58-year-old patient who took TDF says his doctor told him that the severe demineralization which took place in his bones left him with the bones of an 85 year-old woman. A 2016 study showed that TDF use was associated with a 1-3% increase in bone mineral density loss compared to the loss associated with “other agents.”
Truvada Kidney Disease Side Effect
Patients have reported being diagnosed with acute kidney injury, worsening kidney function, acute renal failure, Fanconi Syndrome and chronic kidney disease while taking Truvada and other TDF medications.
Studies have also associated TDF use with 2.25 times the risk of developing chronic kidney disease when compared to other drugs, as well as a 33% increase in the risk of developing chronic kidney disease for each year the drug is taken.
One patient, reportedly took TDF for 10 years and, at age 59, was diagnosed with Fanconi Syndrome, a rare kidney disease
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You may be entitled to a financial recovery if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney disease and/or bone density loss after taking Truvada, Stribild, Viread, Complera and Atripla. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 for a confidential, free consultation. Don’t wait as there are strict time limits for making a claim.
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