Truvada, produced by Gilead Sciences®, is now under fire from HIV/AIDS activists and health officials for not properly warning patients of the side effects the drug carries. Additionally, many now allege that Gilead Sciences® purposefully kept Truvada’s “less-safe” version on the market for far longer than needed, causing multiple side effects in some users.
What is Truvada?
Truvada is a once-per-day prescription that reduces the overall risk of contracting HIV-1 through sexual contact and helps patients lower the levels of HIV in their bodies. The medication itself contains a combination of various properties, such as emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. The overall goal of these drugs is to prevent HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) from multiplying and growing inside your body.
The medication is to treat HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It can also be taken by some in order to prevent the contraction of HIV through sexual contact.
Sadly, the drug contained ingredients that lead to severe side effects for some patients. Some of these side effects include:
- Kidney Damage
- Kidney Failure
- Bone Demineralization
- Lactic acidosis
- Fatigue or Weakness
- Bone Density Loss
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Why is Truvada Dangerous?
Gilead Sciences®, the drug’s manufacturer, is now known to have had a much safer version of Truvada available, however, the company delayed launching the safer alternative in order to continue to sell as much of the older and more harmful version of the drug possible.
Drug manufacturers have a legal obligation to warn others about the dangers and risks associated with their drugs. However, as in many other cases, drug companies found that disclosing adverse effects can hurt a company’s bottom line.
Because of the delay in informing the public about the safer version of the drug, many patients developed kidney and bone problems with the older version of the drug. The older version also required a much higher dose than other comparable medications. In 2010 however, the patent Gilead Sciences® received for the original dangerous version of Truvada was set to expire.
This then leads Gilead® to reveal their long-known discovery of TAF, the safer alternative to Truvada, even though the company had been researching safer versions of Truvada since 2004. Simply put, it was far more profitable for the company to sell its existing supplies of Truvada than releasing a safer alternative that may have cost more to manufacture.
What Consumers Need to Know
It is no longer a secret that Gilead Sciences® withheld a safer version of Truvada from the public. This lead to thousands of patients who relied on Truvada to experience adverse side effects, such as bone density loss and kidney damage. If you or a loved one have taken Truvada and are now experiencing complications, USA Consumer Network can help by contacting you to a lawyer for a free consultation. To learn more, contact us here today.