Truvada Lawsuit Facts


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Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV affects more than 36 million individuals, worldwide. It is unfortunate to note that this illness remains incurable. But, there are still ways for those afflicted with it to keep it under control and live a relatively normal, happy life.

One of these treatments includes a drug called Truvada. However, in the past few years, this drug has become the subject of controversy due to its alleged side effects.

So what does it take to instigate a Truvada lawsuit? And how do you know if you need one?

That’s exactly what we’re going to explore here.

What Is TDF and How Is it Linked to Truvada?

TDF stands for tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. It has been around since the 1980s, but at the time they only took it through intravenous methods. However, a brand called Gilead Science Inc bought the rights to the drug and developed a variant that allowed its consumption orally.

After approval by the FDA, they sold it under various names, one of which included “Truvada”, that got its own approval in 2004. Truvada also included a drug called emtricitabine. And along with TDF, the major usage was the prevention of multiplication in HIV cells.

Understanding the Associated Health Hazards

Unfortunately, the use of Truvada has associations with several side-effects, posing various health risks to those who consume it. These range from minor issues like nausea, to more sinister risks like osteoporosis.

The following are some commonly reported side effects:

  • Kidney injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Fragile bones
  • Liver problems
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing problems
  • Rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Renal Failure
  • Lactic Acidosis

The Legal Issues

These side-effects present two major legal issues against Gilead Science Inc.

For one, despite being aware of these health hazards, they failed to inform their consumers about them. Manufacturers of drugs have legal obligations that require them to fully disclose any and all associated health risks with their products.

A failure to comply with these obligations is a serious violation. As noted above, the company has continuously and intentionally marketed Truvada as a risk-free drug, despite knowing otherwise.

For another, it is also alleged that they created a safer alternative – tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), that they failed to market, in order to increase profits on Truvada. Since the patenting of Truvada in 2004, its use was exclusive to Gilead, allowing them to maximize their profits.

Later on, in 2010, when the patent was approaching its deadline, they unveiled TAF, presenting it as a recent discovery. However, there is evidence that proves that TAF was actually created over a decade ago, and was willfully withheld from the public despite being a much safer alternative.

So, Who Can File a Truvada Lawsuit?

Generally, in order to file a Truvada lawsuit, you would need to establish two conditions. These include the following:

  1. Consumption: Prescription of Truvada for some sort of treatment and subsequently consumed it.
  2. Side-effects: That you were subsequently diagnosed with kidney problems or loss of bone density or related injuries.

In order to establish this, you would need your medical records and the appropriate diagnosis. This will allow you or the affected individual to pursue a tort claim against Gilead Science Inc. for personal injury.

Available Remedies for Victims

As a victim, you may have suffered in various ways due to the actions of the company. You and all those affected deserve the appropriate compensation for your pain, like these listed below:

Medical expenses: As a patient, you can claim monetary compensation for your past and future medical bills pertaining to your illness.

Professional distress: During your suffering, you may have had to take unpaid leave from work, and suffer a loss of wages or even your job. You can seek appropriate damages from the defendant.

Physical suffering: You can also claim compensation for the physical distress and injuries you have suffered due to their actions.

Punitive damages: These are damages that the defendant has to pay in the form of a penalty due to their actions.

Miscellaneous: In general, if you can prove any relevant pain or major inconvenience caused due to Gilead’s actions, you can claim compensation for the same.

In addition to these, the victim’s spouse may also be able to claim damages for the loss of companionship or “consortium”.

In order to get the most out of your lawsuit, you need to make a strong case for yourself or your loved ones. You can click here to learn more about others who have been similarly affected and what you can do to create a strong defense with the necessary guidance from a qualified attorney.

Your Course of Action

Has this affected you or someone you know? If so, you should strongly consider pursuing legal action and file a Truvada lawsuit. Make sure you have your medical records in order, consult your doctor or an appropriate medical professional and gather the necessary evidence.

The next step is finding a specialized lawyer or attorney who can help you create a strong case for yourself. Be sure to begin this process as soon as you can, because legal proceedings do have a statute of limitations on them. You do not want to let them get away with putting you through unnecessary pain on a technicality.

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