Truvada Lawsuit

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More than three-quarters of people starting an HIV drug regimen today take at least one medication made by the California-based Gilead Sciences, Inc. Many of the manufacturer’s top-selling HIV drugs, including Truvada, contain tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) – a compound that has been linked to serious health complications, including bone density loss, fractures, liver problems, and kidney damage.

Approved in 2012, Truvada is a powerful antiretroviral that is used to treat people diagnosed with HIV and to reduce the risk of contracting the virus among high-risk patients. The biotechnology company is currently under fire for failing to warn consumers of Truvada’s potential side effects and for allegedly stalling the development of a safer HIV drug in order to extend patent rights and profits.

Do you qualify to file a Truvada lawsuit?

Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers is proud to offer efficient, client-centered advocacy for those injured by defective or dangerous drugs. Schedule a confidential consultation with a knowledgeable Truvada lawyer today and protect your rights to fair compensation.

Adverse side effects are a common complaint with HIV medications. However, not everyone is eligible for legal action. There are specific factual issues and time limits for filing a Truvada lawsuit. No matter where you live, or what harm you’ve suffered, attorney Bart Bernard can evaluate your claim and outline the best decisions moving forward.

Litigation against Gilead Sciences

Truvada has been a blockbuster drug for Gilead Sciences, reaping the company billions of dollars in sales. In 2017, Gilead earned some $11 billion from its TDF-based drugs. But were these profits made at the expense of consumer safety?

Patients across the nation who took Truvada for prophylactic or treatment purposes claim that they were unwittingly taking a medication that can permanently damage bones and kidneys, all while Gilead knew of a less toxic version called TAF, that did not pose such serious health risks.  

Lawsuits contend that Gilead delayed the TAF-based HIV drug to continue making revenue while the Truvada patent was in place. In addition to numerous individual claims, a class action has been filed against the pharmaceutical company in California. Design defects, failure to warn, negligence, and breach of implied and express warranties are some of the causes of action listed.

After suffering life-altering side effects from a drug that was supposed to help not harm, you need a fierce advocate in your corner. Bart Bernard is no stranger to litigation against Big Pharma and welcomes the opportunity to ensure your voice is heard.

Truvada Side Effects

Truvada was initially FDA-approved in 2004 as a treatment for HIV infection. In 2012 and 2018, its uses were expanded to include Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis of HIV infection in adults and adolescents.  The medication can produce serious side effects, requiring emergency medical attention.

Some of the most dangerous side effects of tenofovir DF include:

  • Lactic acidosis – where lactic acid levels in the blood rise to dangerous levels causing nausea, dizziness, sudden fatigue and difficulty breathing
  • Bone injuries – caused by a decrease in bone density. Patients with weakened bones are more susceptible to fractures.
  • Osteopenia and Osteoporosis – progressive conditions marked by a significant loss in bone mineral density.
  • Liver damage — Loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, and yellowing of the sclera are potential indicators of liver problems, which have been reported in Truvada users.  
  • Kidney injuries – patients taking Truvada have reported acute kidney injuries, as well as Fanconi Syndrome and tubular dysfunction. Impaired kidney function can lead to chronic disease and end-stage renal failure. This condition is fatal without hemodialysis or a kidney transplant. Early indicators of kidney injury may include reduced or painful urination, unusual fatigue, severe itching, muscle weakness, and swelling in the hands or feet.

Despite growing safety concerns and mounting numbers of adverse event reports, the FDA has not initiated a Truvada recall.

HIV Lawsuit claimants seek fair compensation

There are legal remedies for those who have suffered from Truvada-related bone loss, fractures, liver dysfunction, and kidney injuries.  At Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers, you will have the support and comfort of a talented legal team that is dedicated to your recovery and the success of your claim. We have a history of taking on large corporations and giving a voice to those who need it most.

You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of Gilead’s alleged disregard for patient safety. We know how to properly assess the value of a case and recover the legal damages you deserve.

Get It Done Right™ With Bart Bernard

Attorney Bart Bernard has recovered millions in compensation for his clients over the years and works efficiently to secure maximum damages in every case. When a drug maker purposely withholds a safer alternative to boost profits or fails to warn about a product’s known risks, they should be held accountable for their wrongdoing.

If you or someone you love took tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) medications made by Gilead Sciences and suffered injury, reach out for a free consultation today. A successful Gilead lawsuit can provide damages to cover all medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses incurred. There are no upfront costs to have seasoned legal representation.

Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers covers investigative and legal fees, and if you don’t secure a settlement or court award, you pay nothing.

Additional Resources:

  1. US Department of Health and Human Services – AIDS info, Truvada https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/drugs/406/truvada/0/patient
  2. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, Tenofovir-associated bone density loss https://www.researchgate.net/publication/41487669_Tenofovir-associated_bone_density_loss
  3. NY Times – Under Fire For Truvada US Pricing, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/health/gilead-truvada-hiv-aids.html
  4. Journal of Virus Eradication, Tenofovir alafenamide versus tenofovir disoproxil fumarate: is there a true difference in efficacy and safety? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5892670/