Has Truvada or Another TDF Drug Impacted Your Life?
If you depend on HIV medication to live a normal life, you understand that your prescription isn’t optional. You have to take the risks with the benefits, making it the responsibility of drug manufacturers to fully limit and disclose any side effects.
Gilead, the maker of Truvada, as well as a number of other manufacturers of tenofovir disoproxil fumarates (TFDs), are being sued for knowing about some extreme side effects of the drug but not sharing that information with the public. While side effects are unavoidable in pharmaceuticals, they must be disclosed. When drug companies fail to disclose extreme side effects, patients, both those with and without pre-existing conditions, can suffer severe consequences.
Side Effects of TFDs
On top of the disclosed side effects of Truvada and other TFDs, consumers have experienced such serious conditions as kidney and bone injuries. These have ranged from minor bone fractures to osteoporosis and kidney failure. For patients with pre-existing bone conditions, these side effects could mean loss of use of limbs, and for patients with pre-existing kidney conditions, they could mean death. If Gilead was aware of these side effects and failed to properly warn doctors and patients, they are responsible for the injuries that result.
If you have suffered any of the following injuries as a result of taking TFDs, you could be eligible for compensation:
- Kidney disease
- Kidney failure
- Bone fractures
Failure to Provide a Safer Option
The other side of the case against Gilead is that the company had allegedly developed a safer medication, but held it back to increase profits off their TFDs. If this is the case, then Gilead knowingly risked the lives of their patients instead of providing a safer option.
Do You Have a Case?
To have a case against Gilead, you need medical evidence that you did not have existing kidney or bone injuries, or that your pre-existing kidney or bone injuries were made worse by your Truvada prescription. If you can prove this, you could be eligible for compensation.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by Truvada or another TFD, you should be aware that Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers are involved in a mass tort against Gilead for their handling of the side effects of the drug.