HIV Medications

For the more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, drugs like Truvada® once seemed like 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.

Side Effects of Truvada

Manufactured, marketed, and sold by leading drugmaker Gilead Sciences, Truvada is one of five HIV drugs that contain tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). Other common HIV drugs, all of which contain TDF, are Atripla, Stribild, Viread, and Complera.

TDF is linked to serious side effects, including:

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • End-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Renal failure
  • Renal insufficiency/impairment
  • 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. Reach out to the Truvada lawyers at Sokolove Law for a free legal case review.

Truvada Drug Facts

Truvada and similar medications are once-daily, oral prescription medicines for adults that combine 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.

Truvada Lawsuits

Numerous TDF drug users are filing lawsuits — some receiving financial compensation through Truvada settlements. Reach out to a Truvada attorney at Sokolove Law to learn whether you may have a case.

Truvada law firms have filed lawsuits which claim 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

How Does a Truvada Lawsuit Work?

Filing a Truvada lawsuit may seem like a lot, especially when you’re grappling with the side effects of a medication you thought would keep you safe. But the legal process doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.

When you work with a skilled team of HIV drug lawyers, you just may be surprised by how little you actually have to do.

In general, your legal team will:

  • Determine the validity of your case during a free legal consultation
  • Build your case, meeting with you in person wherever it’s convenient for you or talking via phone call or video conference
  • File your Truvada lawsuit
  • Go to court if your case doesn’t settle

Sokolove Law strives to make the legal process as accessible and stress free as possible. We’ve helped thousands of clients in all 50 states over the past 40 years. Let us help you too.

Fill out the form on this page today for your free legal consultation.

Victims Can Receive Truvada Lawsuit Settlements

According to Truvada 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 the Truvada attorneys at Sokolove Law stand firm with HIV patients to recoup the money and quality of life they lost after putting their faith in TDF 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 with the help of a Truvada law firm.

Contact us today for a free legal case review from a Truvada lawyer. There is no cost to speak with us, and we are available 24/7 to discuss your potential Truvada lawsuit claim.

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

HIV Drug Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions

What are the long-term side effects of HIV medication?

There are currently five PrEP HIV medications — Truvada, Complera, Atripla, Stribild, and Viread — with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), which has been linked to many severe side effects.

A few of the most severe TDF-related HIV medication side effects include:

  • Renal or kidney issues
  • Bone fragility and fracture risk
  • Tooth loosening or loss

If you’ve experienced PrEP HIV side effects like these, you may be eligible to file a TDF lawsuit. Fill out the form on this page today to get a free legal review of your case.

Why should I file a Truvada lawsuit?

When a pharmaceutical is made available to the population, it should be safe to use. Truvada and other HIV medications (like Atripla, Complera, Stribild, and Viread) were not. Now many people are suffering as a result.

Filing a Truvada lawsuit might help you to:

  • Secure compensation for medical expenses or treatment
  • Hold drug companies accountable for their negligence and your illness
  • Raise awareness of the drug’s side effects and prevent others from being hurt too

If you or a loved one took Truvada and experienced bone or kidney problems, Sokolove Law might be able to help you. Get a free legal evaluation for your case by filling out the form on this page.

How long do I have to file a Truvada lawsuit?

For Truvada lawsuits, the statute of limitations (or the time you have to file a lawsuit) depends on the state you live in. If you miss the deadline for filing a Truvada lawsuit, you won’t have the opportunity to do so again.

Don’t miss your chance to hold the company that harmed you accountable. If you took Truvada and suffered bone or kidney injuries, fill out the form on this page today for a free legal case review.

How much are Truvada lawsuit settlements on average?

Truvada settlements vary for each case according to a variety of factors, like:

  • How severe a client’s injuries are
  • The amount of medical treatments and medications needed
  • Any lost wages

How much does a lawyer for a Truvada lawsuit cost?

Hiring a lawyer for a Truvada lawsuit shouldn’t cost you anything upfront. At Sokolove Law, our experienced lawyers work on a contingency basis, so there are no initial fees or hourly rates. We’ll only get paid if you get a Truvada lawsuit settlement.

Why do my kidneys hurt when I breathe?

If you experience kidney pain when breathing, schedule a visit with your doctor to determine the cause of these symptoms. While it could be something as simple as kidney stones, it may also be indicative of something more serious.

If you’ve taken HIV medications like Truvada and are suffering from kidney-related side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to receive financial compensation.

Author:Sokolove Law Team
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Last modified: March 22, 2021