Many people prescribed antiviral medication Stribild are alleging they experienced serious side effects due to the medication. This includes kidney function decreases, renal failure, and an increased risk of bone fractures.
There are numerous legal claims against manufacturer Gilead Sciences, Inc. in progress related to these concerns as of April 2021.
Stribild is a drug used to reduce viral load in patients living with HIV and prevent the progression to AIDS. It received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2012.
Thousands Allege Injuries after Taking Stribild and Related Drugs
There are thousands of lawsuits pending against Gilead Sciences, Inc. for the injuries linked to Stribild and other related medications. These claimants may have kidney damage or bone mineral density loss as a result of the drugs they took to help them live with HIV.
Bad drugs can cause serious injuries and even death. Still, pharmaceutical companies put their own profits ahead of patients who need treatment again and again. Not only do the lawsuits allege that Gilead’s drugs are dangerous, but they also claim the company held a safer drug from release to maximize their profits.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is the Top Producer of HIV Medications in the United States
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is well-known for its HIV drugs, including antiretroviral medications and those used for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Beginning in the early 2000s, the company sold several medications containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). This is the component in question in the lawsuits.
TDF-based drugs used to treat HIV or for PrEP include:
If you took any of these medications and later developed a kidney concern or experienced an unexpected bone fracture, you may be able to file a claim against Gilead Sciences, Inc. as well.
Truvada, another HIV antiviral medication manufactured by Gilead, shared some key similarities with Stribild. Many former users of Truvada have filed lawsuits against Gilead for damages. To date, there has not been a single settlement in any lawsuit Truvada victims have filed against Gilead. This makes it vital to secure legal representation that knows how these cases work.
Kidney and Bone Injuries Alleged in the Stribild Lawsuits
Both clinical studies and the large number of people who took TDF medications and later developed a kidney or bone injury point to there possibly being something amiss with this medication.
If your doctor diagnosed you with a kidney or bone concern, you might be able to take action. You could qualify to file a claim and seek compensation. The potentially related conditions include:
Kidney Injuries and Renal Failure
While the claimants report a wide range of severity based on their injury diagnosis, kidney damage and renal failure can cause significant disability and death.
In 2016, a study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) confirmed a clinical link between long-term use of these drugs and a decline in renal function. Several other studies confirm similar results.
Diagnoses that could occur in patients using TDF medications include:
- Renal failure
- End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Kidney Disease
- Renal Deficiency
- Other declines in renal function
Bone Fractures and Bone Mineral Density Loss
Bone mineral density is the measurement of the strength of your bones. A decrease in the density can lead to an increase in fractures, including in situations when a break would not typically occur.
A 2018 study published in the medical journal
Drug Safety linked long-term use of TDF drugs with a slight increase in fractured bones. For those who used these medications for five years or more, the patients at highest risk for significant bone mineral density loss were:
- Younger men
- Post-menopausal women
You could have bone mineral density loss related to a TDF medication if you have a diagnosis that includes:
- Bone density loss
- Fractures related to any of these conditions
Do I Qualify to File a Stribild Lawsuit Based on My Injuries?
If you suffered injuries because of a TDF-based medication, you might have a valid legal claim for compensation against Gilead Science, Inc. To learn more, you should consider speaking with an attorney who accepts these cases and is familiar with the allegations against the pharmaceutical company.
Your law firm should agree to a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation and represent their clients on a contingency fee basis. You should not have to pay anything upfront for help with your case.
What Compensation Can I Recover By Holding Gilead Sciences, Inc. Responsible?
Recoverable expenses and losses could include:
- The cost of medical treatment for your injuries—today and in the future
- Wages lost if you missed work as a result
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
Connect with Ben Crump Law, PLLC about Your Case Today for a Free Consultation
If you suffered injuries to your kidneys or bones while taking Stribild or another TDF medication, you might be able to hold Gilead Sciences, Inc. responsible. We can review your case for free and explain how your injuries and claims could allow you to recover compensation.
You can get started by reaching out to the Stribild lawsuits team from Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 959-1444.