Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - LGBTQ activists hailed Truvada as a wonder drug and were willing to overlook the potentially deadly side effects. Truvada was developed as a multi-faceted antiretroviral drug to slow the progression of the AIDS virus in people living with AIDS originally. Truvada must build up in the blood to be effective and if a dose is missed the disease may continue to get worse. An injectable form of Truvada-like medicine may be just around the corner. Truvada is also effective as a prophylactic measure for monogamous gay couples where one is HIV positive and does not wish to spread the virus. Truvada for PrEP must be coupled with using condoms to prevent the spread of other STDs. If you have been injured by taking Truvada, consider speaking with a Truvada bone density and kidney failure attorneyto recover monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. You may also qualify for reimbursement of medical expenses and loss of income.
Truvada's side effects, reported mainly by people living with AIDS that use the drug to manage the symptoms of the disease, have been unexpected bone breakage and kidney failure requiring dialysis and sometimes kidney transplant. Gilead Sciences, the maker of Truvada, is accused by some of having a safer, more effective drug called Descovy available, but keeping it deliberately unavailable so that the company could maximize their profits until Truvada's patent fully expired in September 2021. Gilead entered into a marketing scheme with the Trump Administration to give away 2 million bottles of Truvada per year to HIV negative individuals to try and wipe out AIDS in ten years, but the company is gradually replacing Truvada with Descovy to attempt to instantly brand the new drug and maintain their market dominance.
A lawsuit recently filed is one of many calling out Gilead Sciences for its failure to warn patients about the potentially devastating side effects of Truvada. About Lawsuits.com reports, "in a product liability lawsuit filed on behalf of about 30 plaintiffs, Gilead was aware of the toxic side effects of Truvada, Atripla and other TDF-based HIV drugs, and knew there were safer alternatives, but withheld development and warnings to increase profits." According to the website, Gilead is accused of knowing that Descovy tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) could be taken in smaller doses than Truvada tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), and would be less toxic. Studies have linked Truvada to vertebrae and hip fractures and that women taking the birth control Depo Provera and Truvada had double the risk of developing osteoporosis. Even though a generic version of Truvada is available, only one is currently on the market. Gilead sold the rights to generic Truvada to Teva Pharmaceuticals, an Israeli company, for one year. The price of the generic Truvada is only about 10% cheaper than Truvada's $1800 per month price tag. More generics are expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 and beyond.
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