Truvada Lawsuits in Long Island, NY
Have you been diagnosed with kidney problems, weakened bones or bone fractures after being prescribed Truvada for prevention or treatment of H.I.V.? You may be entitled to seek compensation for the harmful side effects from the manufacturer of Truvada.
The defective drug attorneys at Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are committed to holding drug makers fully accountable for the harm caused by prescription drug side effects including undisclosed Truvada side effects. You should talk to a Truvada lawsuit attorney to understand your legal options if you have suffered serious adverse effects from taking this medication. You may be entitled to file a Truvada lawsuit and demand compensation from Gilead Sciences, Inc., the manufacturer of the H.I.V. prevention drug, for the harm you have suffered.
What is Truvada used for?
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Truvada was initially approved in 2004 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults in combination with other antiretroviral drugs. Truvada, which is trademarked by Gilead Sciences, Inc., combines two drugs in one pill: emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF).
In 2012, the FDA approved Truvada for use as a prophylaxis to prevent healthy individuals who are at high risk of getting H.I.V. through sexual activity from getting sick. Truvada, when used along with safe sex practices as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), can significantly reduce the risk of getting sexually transmitted H.I.V., which causes AIDS. The prevention regimen involves a person who is at risk of contracting H.I.V. taking a daily pill to cut the risk of H.I.V. infection.
The medication works by blocking a protein that the H.I.V. virus needs to reproduce itself in the body.
Injuries and side effects caused by Truvada
The side effects of Truvada range from common side effects such as headaches, nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, and difficulty sleeping to more serious complications, such as inflammation of the pancreas, trouble breathing and reduced kidney function.
In some patients, Truvada can increase enzymes related to the kidney and liver, causing damage to these organs. Some patients taking TDF have experienced kidney damage and renal failure. Truvada is not recommended for patients with reduced kidney function.
The side effects of Truvada include drug-induced Fanconi syndrome, according to the drug’s warning label. Fanconi syndrome is a disorder resulting from kidney damage in which some substances such as potassium that are normally absorbed into the bloodstream are instead released into the urine. Fanconi syndrome includes excessive urination, thirst and vomiting and causes a variety of problems.
Truvada can decrease bone mineral density, causing osteopenia or weakened bone. If not treated, the condition can make patients susceptible to bone fractures.
Understanding Truvada Lawsuits
Gilead Sciences, Inc. has developed a number of TDF-based drugs for the treatment of H.I.V. infection including Truvada®, Atripala®, Complera®, and Stribild®.
Recent lawsuits, including a Truvada class action lawsuit filed against Gilead Sciences, allege that the manufacturer of the TDF-based drugs knew of the harmful side effects of the drugs containing TDF as far back as 2001 and failed to adequately warn patients or doctors who prescribed the medications.
The lawsuits also allege that Gilead deliberately delayed the development of another drug, tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) as a less toxic alternative to TDF. The lawsuits allege that Gilead covered up its studies showing that TAF was safer than TDF and did not disclose them in order to extend the sales of the TDF-based drugs. It only published the studies regarding TAF when the patent on TDF was nearing expiration.
Hundreds of patients in more than a dozen states who have suffered bone damage or kidney damage have filed lawsuits against Gilead, alleging that they suffered serious injuries as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to warn of the drug’s harmful effects. Thousands of people may have been exposed to the drug’s harmful side effects.
Truvada Lawsuit Settlement: What Does It Covers?
A Truvada lawsuit against Gilead can seek compensation for medical bills, other financial losses, pain and suffering that you experienced through no fault of your own.
The damages that may be sought include:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Medication costs
- Lost income from missed work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Government Lawsuit Against Truvada Manufacturer
In 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sued Gilead Sciences, claiming the company had infringed on government patents on medicines involving a daily pill to prevent H.I.V. The lawsuit accused Gilead of denying the validity of government patents and exaggerating its role in developing a prophylaxis for prevention of H.I.V.
How Can a Defective Drug Lawyer Help Me in Long Island?
Our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are currently evaluating cases involving Truvada side effects for people in the New York City area. If you were prescribed Truvada or TDF and you suffered serious side effects such as kidney damage or weakened bones and bone fractures, you may be entitled to seek compensation.
Lawsuits concerning harm caused by unsafe drug side effects are complicated. Product liability cases involve detailed preparation research, recruitment of expert witnesses, presentation of scientific evidence and complex litigation. Drug manufacturers have deep pockets and will fight to protect their profits. You will want to work with an established personal injury New York law firm that has the resources to stand up to a large drug manufacturer and pursue a Truvada lawsuit on your behalf.
We handle Truvada lawsuit claims on a contingency fee basis. Our Truvada lawsuit attorneys do not charge a legal fee for handling your case unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. We offer invidual attention to each client by being selective about the cases we accept. We will provide a candid assessment of your legal options and whether seeking a Truvada lawsuit settlement is appropriate in your situation.