Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - Facebook has changed its stance on advertisements by personal injury lawyers and quietly removed attorney's advertising from its platform. The advertisements in question warn patients that take anti-HIV drug Truvada that the drug can cause bone density loss resulting in broken bones and kidney failure that could require dialysis or a kidney transplant. Dozens of LGBTQ groups petitioned Facebook weeks ago telling the social media platform that attorney advertising was misleading those who may need to get PrEP drugs into thinking that the drug's risks outweigh the benefits. Attorneys argued that their ads were only mirroring Truvada's website which now issues a clear warning that Truvada carries unknown and potentially deadly side effects and that they were advocating for a patient's right to make an informed decision. Attorney ads also maintain that Gilead Science, the maker of Truvada, deliberately kept a more effective and safer drug Descovy, off of the market to maximize Truvada's profits until the patent expired in 2020. Truvada lawyers continue to represent individuals and families affected from the drug Truvada side effects and offer a free consultation.
The December 9, 2019 letter from the LGBTQ groups to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can be found at https://www.glaad.org/blog/open-letter-facebook, and claims that the ads were misleading and targeted to members of the communities the groups represent on Facebook and Instagram. The advocacy groups were particularly concerned with the wording of the ads targeting those who use the drug for the prevention of the spread of HIV and not those who use the drug to manage their HIV condition as potentially scaring away people who could benefit from the drug and were "harming public health." Truvada has proven to be 99% effective in preventing HIV transmission when taken regularly as directed and used in combination with other methods of practicing safe sex including using a condom and limiting their sexual activity to a monogamous relationship.
Truvada.com warns users of far greater side effects from using the drug than any attorney advertisement and includes osteoporosis and kidney failure as well as life-threatening lactic acidosis as side effects one can expect. It is unknown if these and other side effects will cause permanent medical harm. Lawyers think that the risks of Truvada are real and that their ads are helping those who have been harmed by Truvada and Gilead's greed in keeping a safer drug from consumers. Many have filed lawsuits against Gilead including one in which 30 plaintiffs allege "that side effects of Truvada, Atripla and other HIV drugs caused them to suffer severe bone damage and kidney injuries, indicating that the problems may have been avoided if the drug maker had used a safer alternative design," according to AboutLawsuits.com. At issue is the fact that some Truvada patients suffered fractures from weakened bone density while others required kidney transplants from developing kidney failure caused by taking Truvada. All the while, Gilead has had a safer drug in their back pocket that they withheld from the public for financial reasons. According to AL, "Gilead knew that HIV drugs containing the antiretroviral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate ("TDF") were highly toxic to the bones and kidneys, yet failed to adequately warn about the risks and withheld safer versions, known as tenofovir alafenamide fumarate ("TAF"), which are just as effective as much lower doses."
OnderLaw, LLC is a St. Louis personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. The Onder Law Firm has represented clients throughout the United States in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation such as Pradaxa, Lexapro and Yasmin/Yaz, where the firm's attorneys held significant leadership roles in the litigation, as well as Actos, DePuy, Risperdal and others. The firm has represented thousands of persons in these and other products liability litigation, including DePuy hip replacement systems, which settled for $2.5 billion and Pradaxa internal bleeding, which settled for $650 million. The Onder Law Firm won over $300 million in four talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits in St. Louis to date and other law firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation.