Bone Density Injuries Linked to Gilead HIV Medications
The FDA is warning that individuals taking Gilead’s HIV drug tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) could experience bone density loss. Gilead knew its drug was dangerous, yet the company released it anyway. There are multiple less toxic versions on the market, yet Gilead wanted to increase its profits instead of helping those struggling with HIV.
Gilead’s TDF drugs belong to a class of antiretroviral drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors that are prescribed to treat HIV. These drugs inhibit the activity of reverse transcriptase. This enzyme slows the progression of HIV. TDF drugs can slow the progression of HIV. Those with HIV need to take anti-viral medication in order to survive. There are currently five TDF medications including Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera and Stribild.
HIV Bone Density Injuries
Those taking Gilead’s TDF reported nearly 10,000 reports of bone density loss. In fact, a 2010 study found a strong correlation between loss of bone density in HIV-infected individuals, particularly in conjunction with the antiretroviral drug tenofovir.
Another study from 2016 found that Gilead’s TDF has a 1-3 percent greater bone mineral density loss than other anti-viral drugs. Without new bone tissue replacing the older one, osteoporosis sets in it. This is a condition in which bones are so weak that minor falls or stresses can cause them to fracture.
Common symptoms for osteoporosis and osteopenia include:
Loss of height
Bone fractures with physician or healthcare provider diagnosis of bone weakening or demineralization
Bone density loss, bone demineralization, or weakening of the bones diagnosed by a physician or other healthcare provider
Justice For TDF Victims
If you or a loved one has been harmed by HIV bone density injuries from a Gilead TDF medication, you need an attorney with experience helping people who have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs. The attorneys at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm know what it takes to go up against drug manufacturers to get clients what they need.
If a jury finds the conduct of a drug company in manufacturing and selling a drug to be reckless, they may award punitive damages to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. Therefore, if you developed kidney issues or bone density injuries after taking TDF meds, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
You deserve compensation. It can never replace what you have lost. But, it can help you recover medical expenses, lost wages and the loss of an ability to work. The consultation is completely free, and you are under zero obligation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.