What Do We Know About the Truvada Lawsuits?
Truvada was created by pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. to treat and prevent HIV and AIDS. It is an antiretroviral drug, meaning it prevents HIV from creating new virus particles and stops it in its early stages.
An active ingredient in Truvada, TDF, has been used to treat HIV since the 80s, but could previously only be given intravenously. When Truvada was approved by the FDA in 2004 in pill form, this changed the way that patients could receive HIV medication.
This innovation, however, came at a great cost in the form of side effects and health risks. Severe side effects including a decrease in bone density or osteoporosis, kidney damage, renal failure, and lactic acidosis.
The drug manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc. have been hit with several lawsuits regarding Truvada including a class action lawsuit in California that claims that the company had a safer HIV treatment created, but did not release it.
Those who were effected by the negligence of Gilead Sciences Inc are entitled to compensation with a Truvada lawsuit.
What Injuries & Side Effects Result from Truvada?
Several serious side effects have been linked to taking Truvada. The most serious is damage to the kidneys and renal failure. When someone takes a drug for an extended period of time, it is the job of the kidneys to filter the drug through and out of the body. Truvada is a powerful drug and it needs to be properly filtered throughout and out of the body. Patients taking Truvada in high doses for long periods of time experienced kidney or renal damage from the stress that the drug put on the kidneys.
Prolonged kidney damage can also lead to lactic acidosis. When a kidney is damaged, it cannot filter out lactate acid and when too much lactate acid accumulates in the bloodstream leading to symptoms like weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, and vomiting.
Another side effect caused by damage to the kidneys is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density and it is another side effect that those who took Truvada could have experienced. The bone damage that osteoporosis can cause is irreversible and can lead to brittle bones, fractures, and breaks.
Those who were diagnosed with any of these conditions or side effects after taking Truvada may be entitled to compensation.
What Compensation is Recoverable in a Truvada Lawsuit?
Because of the serious side effects that came from taking Truvada for long periods of time, patients are within their rights to file a Truvada lawsuit. If you or someone you love had kidney damage or osteoporosis after taking Truvada, you may be entitled to be compensated for medical bills, loss of income, and punitive damages because of the deliberate misconduct of Gilead Sciences, the drug company that produced Truvada. With the help of an attorney, you can seek damages.