Truvada Lawsuits: The Facts
Truvada lawsuits allege that Gilead, the manufacturer of the HIV drug, Truvada, withheld information about Truvada’s side effects and concealed a safer form of the drug from the public in order to maximize profits. A number of Truvada users claim that Gilead has a similar HIV medication with fewer side effects for years but delayed its release to keep Truvada profitable. This maneuver has resulted in serious and even fatal ailments in users of Truvada, many of whom are already suffering from an HIV diagnosis.
As of April 2019, over 40 HIV and PrEP patients have filed lawsuits against the biotech giant after experiencing side effects such as:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Declining kidney function
- Acute kidney injury
- Acute renal failure
- Bone fractures
- Related orthopedic injuries
What is Truvada?
Truvada is a medication used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV weakens the immune system by killing important cells, leading to viruses such as cancer and tuberculosis. The virus may progress to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) without adequate treatment and often marks a significant decline in the patient’s prognosis.
Truvada is one of several drugs used to treat and help prevent HIV. Truvada is made of two different meds: tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and emtricitabine.
Truvada blocks certain pathways favored by the virus which helps stop the disease from growing. Truvada is most effective when taken daily and used in conjunction with other HIV medication, although the patient should administer the drug as instructed by their doctor.
Gilead Sciences was founded in 1987 and specializes in creating medicine for various infections as well as influenza, hepatitis B, and HIV. Since the drug’s FDA approval in 2004, Gilead has earned $36 billion in sales. A month’s supply of Truvada in the U.S. is priced from $1,600 to $2,000, this is double the price it was sold at originally. The sky-rocketing price of Truvada has met a lot of controversy – more than one million Americans could benefit from its use, but many are prevented from using it because of the cost.
There is a generic version of Truvada expected to hit the market in September of 2020, which generally means a price decrease, but many believe that the lack of competition will allow the manufacturer to continue to inflate the price.
Truvada’s maker, Gilead Sciences, is currently facing Truvada lawsuits for failure to warn of known side effects of the drug and allegedly withholding a safer form of HIV medicine from the public.
PrEP: From Treatment to Prevention
Truvuda began as just a pill for sufferers of HIV. But in 2012, the FDA approved Truvuda as a drug capable of actually preventing HIV. It was marketed as “Truvada for PrEP” (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Early tests found Truvada to be 75% effective in preventing the disease in high-risk subjects, and subsequent tests have found numbers above 90%. Together with the use of condoms, Truvada is capable of almost completely negating one’s chances of picking up HIV.
What Does a Truvada Lawsuit Look Like?
Drugmakers are legally required to warn the public about serious side effects associated with their products. But, many times the disclosure of this risk is missed, or even avoided, when Big Pharma prioritizes profit over patient safety.
Gilead has been the target of class action lawsuits. Below are several of the causes of actions brought against the maker of Truvada.
- Strict Products Liability – Design Defect and Failure to Warn
- Negligent Products Liability – Design Defect and Failure to Warn
- Breach of Implied Warranty
- Breach of Express Warranty
This is not Gilead’s first time on the defense. They produce several other medications whose side effects have been questioned by the public including Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Vemlidy (TDF). Gilead is the biggest seller of this class of drugs which means the case against them will require ample evidence from victims and insiders alike.
I’ve Suffered Injuries From Taking Truvada. Can An Attorney Help Me?
Unwanted side effects are scary. Medication is supposed to improve your health, not damage it. If you’ve been taking Truvada and believe you’ve suffered serious side effects that you weren’t warned about, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer today. You may be entitled to a compensation for your injuries and you may be able to help plenty of others who share your struggle.