Almost 2 years into HIV Drug Lawsuit, Here’s Where We Are

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Gilead Sciences Inc., the maker of several popular HIV drugs containing tenofovir disoproxil (TDF), is facing lawsuits that accuse the company of withholding a safer drug from people living with HIV. Truvada lawsuits accuse Gilead of sitting on an HIV drug that was shown to be safer and just as effective as the TDF drugs they were already selling. Gilead only brought the new and safer drugs to market once the patent on its most popular TDF drug was running out. 

It has been about a year and a half since the fight to hold Gilead accountable for its decision to deprive patients of a safer drug alternative began. The experienced Truvada lawyers and attorneys at Schmidt National Law Group have been in that fight since the beginning. We worked with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to help claimants seek justice against Gilead. The experienced Truvada lawyers and attorneys at Schmidt National Law Group have been in that fight since the beginning.

If you suffered side effects from HIV drugs, you may be due compensation.

Gilead is accused of putting profits over people. TDF drugs Truvada, Truvada for PrEP, Viread, Complera, Stribild, and Atripla are associated with serious side effects such as kidney damage and bone loss.

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We worked with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to help claimants seek justice against Gilead. Since strategizing with AHF, we have helped thousands of claimants bring their Truvada HIV drug lawsuits to court. We continue that fight on behalf of our clients every day. Our cases have survived attempts by Gilead to dismiss those claims in court. We expect thousands more claimants to file lawsuits against Gilead in the coming months and years. We will work with those patients every step of the way to make sure they get the justice they deserve. Gilead chose profit over the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the US. It exposed thousands more who use Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to the serious side effects of the drug. Truvada side effects include liver problems, kidney failure, bone deterioration and bone fractures, as well as lactic acidosis. These are similar to the side effects of other TDF-containing drugs.

Other TDF-containing drugs manufactured by Gilead Sciences include:

  • Atripla 
  • Complera 
  • Stribild
  • Viread
  • Truvada
  • Truvada for PrEP

HIV drugs are essential for people living with the virus. They have also helped prevent the spread of the virus to those who use them as PrEP drugs. Gilead knew its TDF-containing drugs could cause serious side effects in patients. But the company chose not to release a safer alternative it had already developed. These newer and safer drugs contain the ingredient tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), which do not seem to cause the same types of damaging side effects as TDF. 

Despite developing TAF-containing drugs alongside its TDF drugs in the 1990s, Gilead did not seek approval of TAF drugs until 2015. That was around the same time the patent for its blockbuster TDF drug Truvada was running out. For more than a decade, Gilead profited off of the HIV drug Truvada while patients were exposed to serious adverse effects. All the while, a safer alternative was sitting on the shelf in Gilead’s laboratories. Still, the company chose not to pursue those safer alternatives until it lost its exclusivity rights to TDF drugs. 

Truvada lawsuits seek to hold Gilead accountable for keeping a safer drug out of the hands of people living with HIV. Lawyers and attorneys litigating these cases want justice for those patients who were unnecessarily exposed to TDF drugs that potentially caused harmful side effects like bone, kidney, and liver problems. Lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts in California, Louisiana, and across the country. These lawsuits are still in their early stages. No Truvada lawsuit settlements have been reached yet. However, judges have sided with plaintiffs in many of these cases and denied Gilead’s attempts to dismiss them.  

Schmidt National Law Group has been taking on Gilead in HIV drug lawsuits for almost two years. But it’s only now that law firms on television are catching up and trying to jump in the fight. The lawyers and attorneys at Schmidt National Law Group are experienced in litigating these cases because we’ve been involved since the beginning. 

Choose a law firm you can trust to handle your case knowledgeably and compassionately. Call 1-800-631-5656 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Or visit our website to fill out a free claim form and see if you qualify for a Truvada lawsuit 2019 today.