Groups Affected by the Truvada Lawsuit
Did you take Truvada to reduce the risk of contracting HIV, or did you take it to manage the symptoms of the virus? If you took this drug and suffered severe side effects, the drugmaker, Gilead Sciences, Inc. might owe you significant compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. The Truvada injury attorneys of Parker Waichman LLP are investigating claims that the manufacturer of this drug hid information about potentially harmful side effects and also intentionally withheld a safer alternative from consumers.
People from all age groups, ethnicities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations have reported developing serious bone and kidney complications as a result of taking Truvada and other TDF drugs manufactured by Gilead. These people trusted the drug to protect them and make them better, not to threaten their health.
If you or someone you love took Truvada to manage HIV and has developed chronic kidney disease or bone-related complications, our Truvada lawyers want to hear from you right away. Contact Parker Waichman LLP at 1-800-951-7000 for a FREE consultation to discuss your rights and legal options.
How Is Truvada Harmful?
Truvada is made from a combination of emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), which help reduce the activity of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme that assists in the replication of HIV.
Used to treat and prevent HIV-1, Truvada was marketed as being effective in reducing the risk of contracting the virus and to help manage the symptoms for those living with the virus.
Truvada and other pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs like Complera, Viread, Atripla, and Stribild were widely marketed to uninfected individuals who are at high risk of becoming infected or engage in sexual activity with individuals currently living with HIV. The drugmaker claimed that along with safe sex practices, individuals take Truvada once a day could decrease the risk of contracting the virus by 90 percent.
Truvada was also prescribed to those who have tested positive for the disease to treat it (in combination with other antiviral drugs) and make it much more difficult to pass the disease on to others. While it doesn’t cure HIV, the drugmaker claimed that it does slow its progression and significantly increases the number of years people can live with the disease.
Unfortunately, the medication has proved to be dangerous for those who have taken it for long periods. According to a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Truvada and other drugs containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) have reportedly caused many serious side effects. And with an estimated 80 percent of people using or planning to use medication to control or prevent HIV in the country, many people are currently suffering from decreased bone density, kidney failure, liver damage, and lactic acidosis. The side effects have been linked to TDF, the highly toxic chemical found in Truvada.
What’s worse is that Gilead Sciences has been accused of knowing that TDF was harmful, yet still sold the drug to consumers, despite the fact that the company had tested a safer alternative.
As a result, trusting consumers took the medication believing that it would help them, only to discover that doing so would result in devastating and life-altering side effects.
Whatever Your Background May Be, You Deserve Justice
Because Truvada was marketed as both a treatment and prevention drug, there are a number of different groups of people potentially affected by this dangerous medication. For those currently living with HIV, PrEPs like Truvada alone aren’t enough to adequately treat the effects of HIV. The virus can develop a resistance to the drug, so patients must also take other antiviral medications, putting even more stress on their liver and kidneys.
People impacted by Gilead and Truvada could be healthy individuals who wanted to decrease the risk of contracting HIV significantly. Similar to birth control, users take a pill every day and are up to 99 percent protected against HIV. And while health professionals still strongly urge people to use condoms during sexual intercourse, the pill is still effective in the event of unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive. With promised results like this, and no warning of severe side effects, tens of thousands of people could be negatively impacted by taking this drug.
If you or someone you love falls into any of the groups listed below, took Truvada either for treatment or prevention and developed severe bone or kidney complications as a result, seek medical care, and contact Parker Waichman LLP right away.
Gay and Bisexual Men
According to HIV.gov, gay and bisexual men accounted for 66% (25,748) of all HIV diagnoses and 82% of HIV diagnoses among males in 2017. They bear the most significant burden by risk group, and Truvada was marketed heavily to these demographics.
Injection Drug Users
People who inject drugs still have a significant risk of contracting HIV. In 2017, they accounted for 6% of HIV diagnoses. It is estimated that one in ten individuals will contract HIV through the sharing of a needle with someone who already has the virus. Depending on the temperature (as well as other conditions and factors), HIV can survive on a used needle for more than 40 days.
African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos
When examining the impact on race/ethnicity, these two groups were disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2017:
- African Americans comprised 13% of the population and accounted for 43% (16,694) of HIV diagnoses
- Hispanics/Latinos comprised 18% of the population and accounted for 26% (9,908) of HIV diagnoses
As a result, marketing efforts for Truvada also targeted these demographics heavily, and a significant number of users will fall into these race/ethnic groups.
Some have estimated that one in seven HIV positive individuals pass through the prison system each year, and the HIV population in prison could be up to five times larger than in other communities. Since the risk of developing HIV is higher in this community, there is a higher likelihood that individuals in this demographic would be prescribed Truvada and were at risk of suffering severe side effects as a result.
Heterosexual, Gay, or Bisexual Individuals Ages 25-34
Between 2010 and 2016, the annual number of HIV infections decreased among younger and older age groups but increased in this demographic. Regardless of sexual orientation, adults in this group likely took Truvada in higher numbers, and a significant number of them could be experiencing adverse side effects as a result.
Our Truvada Lawyers Fight For Justice for All
Regardless of your age, ethnic group, sexual orientation, or background, you trusted Truvada to protect you, not cause you harm, and Gilead Sciences, Inc. failed you. When a drugmaker puts the pursuit of profits above the health and safety of the consumer, they can and should be held accountable. While no amount of money can undo the harm that chronic kidney disease and bone complications have had on your life, recovering compensation can ensure that you can afford the right treatment and can continue to live your life with the dignity you deserve.
Our experienced Truvada attorneys have experience fighting against pharmaceutical companies that have harmed consumers, and we’ll aggressively seek damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Any impact on your quality of life
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death expenses
We firmly believe that you deserve justice and that Gilead Sciences, Inc. owes you fair compensation for what you’ve been through. We are ready to sit down with you and explain all of your legal options, so call us at 1-800-951-7000 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today. When you hire Parker Waichman LLP to represent you, you’ll pay nothing upfront. We won’t collect a penny from you until we win your case.