Monday, September 30, 2019 - A class-action lawsuit filed in California and now representing over 20,000 plaintiffs, claims that Giliead Sciences promoted one of their HIV transmission prevention drugs over another even though one drug, Truvada, causes serious and permanent kidney damage and osteoporosis leading to broken bones. The kidney's failure to filter the blood can lead to lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is a serious condition when lactic acid accumulates in the blood. Symptoms of lactic acidosis are muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting, and shortness of breath. A build-up of lactic acid in the blood can have life-threatening consequences. National Truvada attorneys are experts at representing families and individuals that suffered from medication side effects such as Truvada broken bones and kidney failure and offer a no obligation free consultation.
Gilead is being accused of promoting the toxic and deadly Truvada to maximize their profits when they could have replaced it with Descovy, a less toxic and more effective drug, and prevented suffering for thousands of individuals. If Gilead had replaced Truvada with Descovy they would have opened up the market to competition from lower-priced generic drugs and the price of HIV prevention drugs would have plummeted making it more affordable. Gilead's unethical approach to maximizing their shareholder's profits above valuing human lives may have injured tens of thousands of uninsured HIV patients who were unable to afford the $20,000 per year Truvada price tag. Other countries like Australia have nationalized HIV prevention drugs and a daily dose of Truvada costs less than $100 per year.
Starting in 2020, 2.4 million bottles of Truvada will be given to needed individuals free of charge each year in the US to HIV negative individuals that otherwise could not afford the drug. Critics of this government giveaway feel that the number of doses is less than one-fifth of the number required to effectively wipe out AIDS and that the drug will never make its way to teenage black and Latino gay men, the one group that needs it the most.
Truvada is taken by HIV-negative individuals before having sexual relations with a person that they suspect is HIV positive to prevent transmission of the deadly disease. Truvada is a potent drug and is 99% effective in preventing HIV transmission. Truvada is a PrEP which stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis meaning that a person must take the drug themselves before coming in contact with an HIV-positive individual. Patients must protect themselves by taking Truvada daily in conjunction with practicing safe sex. Truvada.com also warns that "TRUVADA for PrEP is not "morning-after pill."
Critics of Truvada argue that the simplicity of taking such an effective pill may promote risky sexual practices such as failing to use a condom and having a monogamous sexual relationship. Promiscuity and recklessness will continue to be the riskiest forms of sexual behavior, Truvada or not. If you or a loved one has developed osteoporosis, broken bones, or experienced kidney failure you may qualify to file a claim against Gilead Sciences, maker of Truvada, for negligence in promoting the drug as safe while knowing of the drug's deadly side effects.
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