What is Truvada?
Truvada is used to help treat or prevent human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV and hepatitis B virus infection. Truvada is manufactured by Gilead and works by blocking certain pathways that the viruses use to establish infection, preventing the virus from spreading.
While Truvada is not a true cure for HIV, it helps prevent the virus from developing into AIDS and can help keep someone from becoming infected when they are intimate with someone who is HIV positive. Side effects of Truvada include upset stomach headache, vomiting, loss of appetite. More recent studies, however, have revealed that the use of Truvada is correlated with more serious side effects such as kidney failure, osteoporosis, and decreased bone density that has, in some cases, resulted in broken bones.
Similar to birth control, Truvada is intended for prolonged, daily use. This prolonged use has led users to extensive exposure to the negative side effects of the drug, resulting in a more significant and substantial damage.
The results of these more recent studies have cast suspicion on whether Gilead had knowledge of the true dangers of Truvada, resulting in a series of lawsuits.
The Truvada Lawsuits
The lawsuits have alleged that Gilead had knowledge of the injuries Truvada causes and failed to notify doctors and Truvada patients of the dangers. Furthermore, the lawsuits allege that Gilead had developed new, safer medications, but despite knowing about the injuries, chose to delay the release of the new medications in order to maximize profits from Truvada’s patent. The delay in releasing the new medication has allegedly caused tens of thousands of severe injuries.
Currently, an MDL has been formed in California and proceeding with the litigation of these claims. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious bone or kidney injury after taking Truvada, it is important to contact a product liability or personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation to help you cover the expenses of your injury.