HIV Medications

Truvada® Side Effects & Lawsuits

For the more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, drugs like Truvada® once seemed a breakthrough solution: a drug that could both treat and prevent the life-threatening infection. However, the drug’s active ingredient may be more harmful than originally thought.

Truvada is one of five HIV drugs (all manufactured, marketed, and sold by leading drug maker Gilead Sciences) that contain tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). TDF is linked to serious side effects, including:

  • Kidney injuries: Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD), renal failure, renal insufficiency/impairment
  • Bone problems: Osteoporosis, bone density loss, bone breaks/fractures, tooth loss

If you or a loved one took a drug containing TDF and suffered from kidney injuries or bone problems, you may be entitled to compensation.

Several lawsuits have claimed that:

  • Gilead’s TDF-containing drugs are unreasonably and unnecessarily toxic to patients’ kidneys and bones
  • Gilead knew even before going to market that TDF could be highly toxic, and that a much less toxic alternative was available
  • Gilead purposefully withheld this safer alternative for more than a decade to make more money, even as patients began reporting severe side effects
  • Gilead failed to adequately warn physicians and consumers about the safe use of TDF drugs, including the need to monitor patients for side effects

Drug Facts

Truvada and similar medications are once-daily, oral prescription medicines for adults that combines two types of HIV drugs: TDF and FTC (or emtricitabine). This combination is designed to:

  1. Treat HIV by blocking an enzyme that stops the infection from multiplying
  2. Reduce the risk of contracting HIV as part of “pre-exposure prophylaxis” (or PrEP), a relatively new tool for HIV prevention

Truvada was first approved by the FDA in 2004 as a treatment for HIV. Gilead later sought FDA approval for PrEP use, which it secured in 2012.

Do You Have a Case?

According to lawsuits, Gilead was reluctant to hurt sales by admitting its TDF-based products were unreasonably and unnecessarily dangerous. By withholding that fact, Gilead could stand to make billions.

Pharmaceutical companies should never be allowed to exploit American people – especially those suffering from a life-threatening infection. That’s why Sokolove Law stands firm with HIV patients to recoup the money and quality of life they lost after putting their faith in Truvada and similar drugs.

Will you stand with us to hold Gilead accountable? If you have taken a TDF drug and suffered any of the side effects above, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a private consultation. There is no cost to speak with us and we are available 24/7 to discuss your potential claim.

Note: Do not change medications without first consulting your doctor.
Truvada, Viread, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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Last modified: April 2, 2019