Gilead Sciences is facing lawsuits and class actions from people who took its older HIV drugs and developed severe bone and kidney side effects.
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What is TDF?
Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) is an older version of an anti-viral medication that is used to treat people with HIV/AIDS and chronic Hepatitis B. The original TDF formula is a once-daily pill in a 300-mg dose.
Gilead’s HIV Drugs With TDF
What is the Problem?
TDF has low bio-availability, which means it is not absorbed by the body very well. Therefore, TDF must be taken at high doses, which results in a larger amount of TDF being absorbed into the bones and kidneys. This increases the risk of kidney damage and bone thinning or fractures.
HIV Drug Lawsuits
Lawsuits and class actions claim that Gilead knew as early as 2001 that it could develop a safer version of TDF, called TAF (Tenofovir Alafenamide), which can be taken at a far lower dose to reduce the risk of bone and kidney side effects.
Instead, Gilead is accused of intentionally delaying development of TAF to maximize profits on older TDF drugs, causing injury to thousands of patients who suffered bone and kidney side effects.
HIV Drugs and Kidney Injuries
- Chronic kidney disease
- Declining kidney function
- Acute kidney injury
- Acute renal failure
- Fanconi syndrome
- Kidney failure
HIV Drugs and Bone Injuries
- Decreased bone mineral density
- Bone fractures
HIV Drug Class Action Filed in California
In May 2018, a class action lawsuit was filed against Gilead by two man from Californians living with HIV who suffered bone and kidney damage from taking HIV medications containing TDF:
Lawers claim that Gilead knew as far back as 2001 that TDF was ‘…highly toxic in the doses prescribed and risked permanent and possibly fatal damage to the kidneys and bones,’ and Gilead had a safer alternate tenofovir alafenamide (“TAF”) that it deliberately and maliciously suppressed from the market.
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