Compensation May Be Due HIV Patients Who Took Truvada and Risked Dangerous Side Effects

More than 600,000 American HIV patients who took Truvada could have been put at risk when the manufacturer decided to keep a safer lifesaving drug off the market for a decade. If you or a loved one suffered broken bones and kidney failure after taking antiretroviral drugs known as Truvada or tenofovir, you may be able to win significant compensation for your resulting pain, suffering and medical expenses.

Truvada, also known as TDF, has been the most often prescribed HIV drug on the world market in its class of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Since 2001, sales have exceeded $11 billion annually. During the years HIV positive patients relied on TDF as a front-line retroviral treatment, drug manufacturer Gilead Sciences, Inc. received three separate FDA warning letters for failing to mention the dangerous side effects of bone and kidney risks in its Truvada marketing.

Truvada Users Risked More Side Effects

Research shows Truvada users are more prone to kidney failure and broken bones than other HIV positive patients.

One study found users lost between 2 percent and 6 percent of their bone mineral density in the first two years of Truvada treatment. While accelerated loss is a typical side effect of HIV, tenofovir drugs accelerate the osteoporosis that frequently results in fractures, particularly in the wrists, hips and spine. In most cases, Truvada osteoporosis is first detected when a patient breaks a bone.

A second study found that Truvada or TDF increases the risk for chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure more than other HIV treatments. The University of California – San Francisco research found the risk of chronic kidney disease for 10,000 patients increased a significant 33 percent for each year they took Truvada.

Manufacturer Shelved a Safer Drug

California-based Gilead Sciences, Inc., started testing a safer antiretroviral known as TAF early in the 2000s but shelved its development and release until shortly before the company’s Truvada patent expired in 2018, according to critics. In 2016, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences alleging the drug manufacturer was blocking affordable access to a lifesaving HIV drug.

Critics say the delay was strategically planned to prolong Gilead’s patent on the highly profitable tenofovir drugs. Shelving TAF preserved the drug company’s multi-billion-dollar annual earnings on tenofovirs, while HIV patients continued to suffer serious and avoidable Truvada side effects for another 10 years following the successful first TAF clinical trials.

Gilead’s eventual release of TAF was structured so that the safer drug would not qualify for a new patent, critics say. The strategy extends Gilead’s patent on TAF products and now prevents other companies from offering cheaper generic versions through 2032.

You Deserve Compensation for Suffering

Has the company that knowingly put you and thousands of other HIV patients at risk for broken bones and kidney problems paid you a dime?

You deserve compensation if you or a loved one have suffered as a result of taking the dangerous Truvada drug. Filing a lawsuit is the only way to secure compensation for medical bills, missed time at work, pain, suffering and losses that resulted from Truvada’s side effects of kidney failure and weakened bones.

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Compensation Is Due Military Members Who Lost Hearing After Wearing Defective Combat Earplugs

If you lost hearing or suffered ringing in the ears after serving in the military, you may have been injured by defective earplugs. Wearing Combat Arms Earplugs™ may have exposed you to dangerous sound levels during your service. Your injuries may be significant, and you may be entitled to substantial compensation for them. Thousands of veterans and current service members suffer the depression and anxiety that results from hearing loss. You could be one.

The U.S. Department of Defense says defense contractor 3M sold Combat Arms Earplugs™ to the government knowing the CAEv2 devices were defective.

Soldiers who served in combat between 2002 and 2016 received CAEv2 as standard issue, but it’s not only those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq who may have been hurt. Members of the Air Force and Navy who wore the CAEv2 may be among the injured. Reservists who routinely fired weapons during stateside training may have been put at risk.

Thousands of military members are suffering significant hearing loss and tinnitus caused by the allegedly defective earplugs. Millions more have been exposed to the risks of hearing damage. You may recognize the injury as ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other sounds. These are the symptoms of tinnitus.

Aearo Technologies employees originally developed and tested the defective Combat Arms Earplugs™ in 2000. Tests showed the combat earplugs provided no noise reduction, 3M has admitted. The U.S. government says 3M knew the earplug was too short for proper insertion in users’ ears. The design of the Combat Arms Earplugs™ permits them to loosen, allowing dangerous levels of sound to enter the ear and damage hearing.

Here’s how the earplugs were supposed to work:

Each one of the plugs has an olive end and a yellow end. Inserting the olive end was supposed to provide traditional sound blocking. Inserting the yellow end was meant to reduce loud noises but allow the wearer to hear quieter sounds such fellow soldiers speaking or combatants approaching. But the stems are too short and may not provide a tight seal in the ear of some wearers, according to the DOJ.

The Department of Justice alleges 3M did not tell the government and continued to deliver faulty earplugs to the U.S. military after acquiring Aearo Technologies in 2008. Defense contractor 3M paid the Department of Defense $9.1 million in July 2018 to resolve the DOJ allegations.

Has the company that knowingly put you and millions of other service members at risk paid you a dime?

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