Truvada is one of the drugs that prevents and treats AIDS and HIV. It is a combination of the chemicals TDF (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) and emtricitabine. The drug ceases HIV cells from multiplying after it is inside the body.
A Truvada lawsuit is the claim against a pharmaceutical company called Gilead Sciences Inc. for Truvada’s dangerous side effects. Truvada has been associated with bone damage and kidney disease.
As per the lawsuits, it is alleged that –
- Truvada possessed a design defect
- Gilead did not release a safer drug for almost a decade to boost profits from the patent of Truvada
TDF, a drug in Truvada, has been present since the 1980s. But its use for HIV was limited, as it could be taken only intravenously. When Gilead bought its rights to sell TDF, it modified the drug so that it could be taken in the pill form, orally. The oral medicine was approved by the FDA in 2001 under the name Viread. In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was approved Truvada.
Risks Associated With Truvada
The drug has been linked to several severe side effects, which are discussed below.
- Lactic Acidosis
Kidney damage due to prolonged use of Truvada is capable of causing lactic acidosis. This means an accumulation of lactate in an individual’s bloodstream. Without the kidneys operating at full function, the kidneys fail to eliminate sufficient lactate acid from blood. This causes the following symptoms –
- Difficulty in breathing
- Renal Failure and Kidney Damage
Truvada was made to be consumed in high doses for a long time. It is the responsibility of the kidneys to remove the drug from the system on a patient. Therefore, Truvada puts pressure on the kidneys too. This stress on kidneys could lead to kidney damage, even kidney failure. This could further lead to several other problems, such as lactic acidosis.
- Osteoporosis and Decreased Bone Density
A serious side effect of the drug is the decrease in bone density. This damage can take place after consuming Truvada only for a few weeks. Bone loss notably increases the risk of –
- Broken bones
- Bone fractures
The decrease in bone density originates from kidney damage caused by Truvada. Since the drug is not easily absorbed by a body, Truvada collects in the renal tubules. Due to this, kidneys are not able to regulate phosphate levels, which, in turn, affect bone density.
What Compensation Can a Victim Receive?
The Truvada victims might have suffered injuries along with steep medical bills as well as other losses. A lawsuit against Gilead Sciences Inc. can restore the compensation for pain, suffering, and losses that a person has sustained without having any personal fault. The compensation damages may come in several forms, including –
- Lost income
- Costs of medical treatment
- Loss of consortium endured by the family of the victim
- Pain and suffering
Moreover, Truvada lawsuits pending against the damages caused by the drug have sought punitive damages, which seek to punish the manufacturers of this defective drug for their dangerous and egregious conduct.