Truvada is a prescription drug used to suppress the synthesis of HIV and AIDS by blocking the enzyme, reverse transcriptase (RT). Since 2018, hundreds of patients in the United States have filed legal action against its manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc., related to their losses from the drug’s side effects, including kidney and bone damage.
If you or a loved one suffered from kidney or bone loss after taking Truvada, learning more about the drug’s background is a helpful first step in understanding why lawsuits are being filed against its maker. If you have specific questions, a Truvada lawsuit lawyer can help you understand your options.
Overview of Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. produces drugs that are used to treat Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, the flu, and HIV/AIDS. In recent news, Gilead has been the subject of several lawsuits stemming from its negligent practices and price-gouging tactics.
Gilead released Truvada to the public in 2004 and has only been available by prescription. The drug is clinically proven to be effective in preventing the development and transmission of HIV and AIDS when used in combination with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs and safer sex methods.
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Truvada Treats and Prevents the Synthesis of HIV/AIDS
Truvada is a combination of drugs that stops HIV from multiplying throughout the prescribed individual’s body.
The medication was not designed to cure AIDS or HIV, but rather as a treatment to help manage and prevent its development. Initially, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada to lower the viral count present in a person’s bloodstream and cells.
After further study, it was later approved to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS as PrEP. Physicians then began prescribing it to patients who did not test positive for HIV or AIDS but had a high-risk of exposure. While it is not guaranteed to prevent the contraction of these diseases, it does lower a person’s chances significantly.
Aside from Truvada, TDF drugs have been reformulated and sold under several brand names including Viread, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild. They are all manufactured by Gilead Sciences.
Class Actions and Personal Injury Lawsuits Have Been Filed
A 2009 medical study published in HIV Medicine indicated that regular, long-term consumption of Truvada is directly linked to health complications associated with kidney and bone problems. There have been several legal actions filed against Gilead Sciences, including individual personal injury lawsuits and a class-action consumer lawsuit.
Our team recommends that you speak with a Truvada lawsuit lawyer to determine the best option for your case. Depending on the specifics of your situation, you may be able to join a class action or file an individual lawsuit to recover the compensation you and your family deserve.
Contact Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers if You Sustained Bone or Kidney Damage After Taking Truvada
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers understands the complicated and unique demands of filing a Truvada lawsuit. Contact our legal team for a free, no-obligation case evaluation by calling (855) 529-0269 today. The initial consultation is always free and we collect no fees unless and until you win your case.