Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - The current administration is working closely with Gilead Sciences, maker of the world's leading anti-HIV drug Truvada, to provide uninsured individuals over 2 million bottles of the drug per year for the next 10 years. Those that receive the drug may be thrilled to not have to pay Truvada's $20,000 annual cost however they may be left in the dark as to Truvada's side effects which could leave them permanently disabled.
When is the public's right to know and to make an informed decision more important than the public's general welfare? That is a question for the ages and I do think the answers on both sides of this fence make valid points. On the one hand, there is no doubt that anti-HIV drug Truvada is extremely effective at halting the spread of HIV from one sexual partner to another and that if enough people use the drug there is the possibility of wiping out the insidious virus. One the other side of the coin, however, are the reports of the potentially deadly side effects that Truvada carries about bone loss and kidney failure. Truvada patient can develop osteoporosis, the weakening of the bones that can be so severe as to cause breakage during everyday routing activities or a simple fall. While scientists think that bone loss developed in the short-term may be reversible, they warn that there is no such evidence to put long-term Truvada users minds at ease. Truvada patients could also develop kidney failure so severe that they may be forced to undergo regular kidney dialysis to filter their blood that could lead to requiring a kidney transplant simply to survive. Gilead Sciences, maker of Truvada, now faces a billion-dollar lawsuit that claims that the company knew in advance of Truvada's deadly side effects and chose to keep them a secret to maximize their drug's profits over the years. Gilead claims that the greater good was served and that the benefits Truvada afford the public more than outweigh the low-risk of developing the above-mentioned diseases. Gilead claims that highlighting the drug's risks may have alarmed those that needed Truvada and prevented them from taking the drug.
Is the risk of being permanently disabled with osteoporosis or forced to undergo permanent kidney dialysis worth a few moments of sexual gratification? Truvada.com now warns those who are seeking information on the drug's safety about the serious side effects Truvada carries. As per the official website, Truvada can cause "Kidney problems, including kidney failure, too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death, severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death, bone problems, including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures."
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