Truvada Class Action Lawsuit
On May 8, 2018, two lawsuits were filed against Gilead Sciences, Inc. over its promotion of HIV medication that causes permanent damage to the kidneys and bones as well as the company’s suppression of a safer version of the drug that is less toxic. The lawsuits include a personal injury lawsuit and a class action lawsuit, both of which were filed by California HIV patients in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. These individuals suffered bone and kidney damage as a result of taking Gilead medications containing the active ingredient tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). This substance is highly toxic in large doses when taken over a long period of time.
In order to provide the promised antiviral effect, certain Gilead drugs used to treat HIV – including Viread, Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Truvada – have low bioavailability, meaning that the drug is not absorbed well and must be ingested at high doses. The California-based pharmaceutical company is facing particular allegations concerning Truvada. These allegations include failing to adequately warn about Truvada’s side effects, marketing a drug with design defects and purposefully withholding the development of a less toxic-version of TDF in order to maximize profits.
If you or someone you love suffered broken bones, kidney damage or other serious injuries from taking Truvada, you may be entitled to file a Truvada lawsuit. The skilled defective drug lawyers at Gordon & Partners are ready to help you recover compensation for the injuries you sustained after taking this widely prescribed medication. During a free consultation, we can review your case, discuss the legal options available to you and determine whether you qualify to pursue legal action. Letting us represent you means there are no upfront legal fees or costs. We do not get paid for our services unless you obtain compensation.
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What is Truvada?
Truvada is a prescription medication used for HIV-1 treatment and prevention. It was the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at a high risk of becoming infected and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected individuals. Truvada is to be taken daily and used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in combination with safer sex practices in order to reduce the risk of a sexually acquired HIV-1 infection. The drug can also be used to treat individuals who have tested positive for HIV-1 and make it more difficult to pass it onto others.
HIV, short for human immunodeficiency virus, is a potentially deadly virus that weakens an individual’s immune system by destroying important white blood cells that help fight off disease and infections. If left untreated, the virus will eventually destroy an individual’s immune system. Truvada contains two antiretroviral components: tenofovir and emtricitabine. This combination of drugs is intended to help slow the disease progression and prolong life. It cannot, however, cure HIV-1.
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The Dangers of Taking Truvada
Truvada and other antiretroviral drugs containing TDF can cause dangerous complications. This includes an increase in the risk of bone density loss, bone fractures, renal impairment and kidney failure. In the most critical cases, these complications can lead to death. Other common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Abnormal dreams
- Muscle or joint pain
- Difficult breathing
- Skin rash
Bone Density Loss and Osteoporosis
Taking Truvada has been linked to a decrease in bone density resulting in osteoporosis and causing brittle or broken bones. Loss of bone density is a common side effect of HIV, but TDF drugs such as Truvada are known to accelerate the issue.
A study in 2011 analyzed the rate of bone mineral density in HIV-negative patients taking Truvada and found that patients who had taken the medication had a significantly higher risk of fractures than patients not taking Truvada. The research uncovered that bone mineral density declines in patients on Truvada were small but statistically significant.
Kidney Issues and Kidney Failure Risk
Individuals on Truvada also face an increased risk of developing kidney failure and severe renal problems. Although kidney problems are common with individuals infected with HIV, this drug has been found to heighten the risk of chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure. In another study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco in 2012, it was found that tenofovir, found in Truvada, is associated with a significant risk of kidney damage.
Among 10,000 patients infected with HIV, the risk of chronic kidney disease went up 33 percent each year from taking the drug. Patients remained at elevated risk of kidney disease for six months to one year following the end of treatment.
If you have suffered any of these dangerous complications after taking Truvada, you may be able to take legal action and obtain compensation to help cover your medical costs. Contact the defective drug lawyers at our firm for a free consultation. We may be able to pursue favorable compensation through a Truvada lawsuit.
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FDA’s Troubled History With Gilead Sciences
Truvada has been the leading TDF-based drug on the market for Gilead Sciences. The company is also the leading manufacturer of HIV drugs worldwide, having earned a combined $11 billion in sales in 2017 alone. Despite Gilead’s successes, there have been several warnings from the FDA for misleading or downplaying the serious side effects of TDF found in Truvada and other HIV-related medications to doctors and patients:
- March of 2002 – The FDA sent a letter to Gilead Sciences, criticizing the company over statements made by its representatives to physicians attending a scientific conference. Gilead representatives told physicians that its antiretroviral drugs were not toxic and posed no risk of kidney failure or possible bone issues even though the risk of bone fractures and renal problems were already known and included on the warning label.
- July of 2003 – A second letter was issued by the FDA ordering Gilead Sciences to stop downplaying the risks and inflating the benefits of TDF drugs. A Gilead representative at an AIDS conference failed to disclose the serious risks associated with antiretroviral medications currently on the market.
- July of 2014 – The FDA asked Gilead Sciences to remove a sponsored web link that misrepresented the safety of TDF drugs and failed to mention the known risks of kidney problems and bone issues. The company was legally required to remove the link.
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Do I Have Grounds for a Truvada Lawsuit?
Legal actions have been filed against Gilead Sciences by HIV-infected patients from Los Angeles, San Diego & Marin Counties who have suffered permanent damage to the kidneys and bones. Two Gilead lawsuits – a personal injury and class action – have been filed in court and each one is demanding a jury trial. These lawsuits make various allegations against the company, including:
- Failing to rectify a known defect in TDF’s drug formulation
- Knowing that a safer alternative, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), already existed
- Failing to warn doctors and patients of the damaging side effects of TDF drug Truvada
- Actively misrepresenting TDF’s effectiveness and risks by stating that the drug had no toxicities, was benign, and extremely safe to use
Gilead Sciences had a duty to share its exclusive knowledge of the serious health risks associated with TDF. Instead, the company decided to misrepresent this information needed for physicians and their patients to make informed decisions about prescribing and taking these drugs.
Our firm is prepared to represent and pursue claims against manufacturers and promoters of drugs for damages arising out of the use of drugs containing TDF, known under various brand names, in addition to Truvada, such as:
- Symfi Lo
- AccessPak for HIV PEP Expanded w/Kaletra
- AccessPak for HIV PEP Expanded w/Viracept
If you took Truvada and it resulted in osteoporosis, brittle or broken bones, kidney failure or kidney disease, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. We can review your situation and determine whether or not you have the right to take legal action.
If you have a claim, we will conduct a detailed investigation to uncover the following:
- Was the Truvada drug defective in its design?
- Was the Truvada drug known to be inherently dangerous?
- Did Gilead Sciences know of the risks involved, but failed to warn consumers?
- Did negligence play a role in you developing kidney problems or bone issues?
- Did you suffer a serious injury caused by taking the drug?
By filing a Truvada lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages from missed time at work, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Contact Our Lawyers To Get Started on Truvada Lawsuit
To learn more about your rights, contact a dedicated class action lawyer at Gordon & Partners. We can help you attempt to hold Gilead Sciences accountable for their actions and recover the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are here to help victims impacted by this dangerous and defective drug. We offer free consultations at no risk or obligation to you. You decide if you want to take legal action or not. If so, our firm will do everything we can to obtain maximum compensation for the injuries you have suffered due to company negligence. Let us guide you through the legal process. There are no upfront costs involved unless we help you win your case.
Our law team is ready to discuss your possible Truvada lawsuit with you. Call 1 (855) 722-2552 today.