Dangerous Drug Lawsuit: Truvada
Truvada, marketed by the manufacturer Gilead, is the most popular and oft-prescribed TDF drug designed to treat and prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). A combination of the chemicals emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), Truvada prevents HIV cells from multiplying once those cells are present in the human body. It’s important to know that Truvada and similar brand name medications in the TDF family do not cure HIV or AIDS; these drugs merely work to prevent HIV from becoming full-blown AIDS.
Recent studies indicate that Truvada is linked to serious side effects such as kidney damage and failure, osteoporosis, decreased bone density, and even broken bones. Mass tort lawsuits are claiming that not only did Gilead fail to warn patients about these risks by not disclosing them, but went so far as to withhold a safer drug for ten years in order to maximize its profits.
Decreased bone density is just one of the serious side effects of Truvada. Decreased bone density may lead to osteoporosis; high dosage levels of Truvada lead to a toxicity level that slowly deteriorates a person’s bone structure. Truvada is intended to be taken for prolonged periods of time, and the long-term exposure to Truvada and the drug TDF takes a significant toll on a patient’s bone density. People taking this drug are at risk for:
- Bone fractures
- Broken bones
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