TDF Injuries: Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera and Stribild Class Action

Injuries from Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (“TDF”) Based Drugs

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What Is the Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera and Stribild Class Action About?

On April 19, 2021, Klein Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons who were prescribed and consumed Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera, and/or Stribild in Canada. These five drugs are tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (“TDF”) based medication which are used for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The lawsuit alleges that the maker of these drugs, Gilead, knew that there was a safer alternative to TDF (Tenofovir Alafenamide or “TAF”) and knowingly delayed and withheld the development, marketing, and sale of TAF based medications, to maximize their profit from sales of Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild during their patent life. Due to Gilead’s actions, patients in Canada were exposed to the more toxic and dangerous medication for over a decade. As a result, Canadians unwittingly and needlessly suffered permanent and debilitating kidney and bone damage. Specifically, people experience:

  • Kidney damage and kidney failure, including:
    • Renal insufficiency/impairment
    • Decreased kidney function
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Tubular dysfunction
    • Fanconi syndrome
    • Renal failure
    • End-stage renal disease
  • Bone density loss, including:
    • Reduced bone density
    • Bone malformation
    • Bone breaks/fractures
    • Tooth loss

If you or someone you love takes or has taken one of the TDF based drugs and experienced any of the side effects listed above, please contact us via our confidential form or call (604) 874-7171 and a member of our team will obtain more information from you to assess your eligibility to participate in this proposed class action.  Your initial consultation is free. Klein Lawyers has offices in Vancouver and Toronto serving clients throughout Canada.

What Is TDF? What Is TAF?

TDF is the active ingredient in Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild. These prescription medications were manufactured by Gilead Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company based in the United States. TDF is metabolized in the blood into tenofovir which blocks an enzyme that causes HIV to proliferate, preventing and treating HIV. Viread, the first medication with TDF, was approved for use in Canada in 2004.

TAF also metabolizes into tenofovir. However, lower quantities are required to have comparable pharmacological effects as TDF based medications. As a result, people who take TDF based medications experience more significant side effects than if they had taken TAF based medications. Beginning in 2016, Gilead obtained approval for several TAF based medications including Genvoya, Descovy, Odefsey, and Biktarvy.

Have You Experienced Side Effects After Taking HIV Drugs Containing TDF?

If you or a loved one suffered injury or illness that you believe was tied to a TDF based medication, you should contact us as soon as possible. After listening to your story, including when you started taking the medication, the side effects and complications you suffered, and your losses, our lawyers can advise you of your legal options.

Why Choose Klein Lawyers?

Klein Lawyers has been serving clients in British Columbia for over 20 years. We are respected nationwide for taking on and winning landmark cases that improve the lives of our clients and benefit society at large.

Our lawyers are recognized as leaders in class action litigation. We have achieved fair settlements in a number of class action lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and other drugmakers for defective and dangerous drugs.

Contact Klein Lawyers Today

At Klein Lawyers, we believe drug manufacturers and other companies should compensate consumers when they put profits ahead of the safety of the people who use their products. If you or someone you loved suffered adverse effects while taking the TDF based drugs,  Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera, and Stribild, contact Klein Lawyers.

Please call (604) 874-7171 or contact us online today for a free, 100% confidential review. Klein Lawyers serves clients throughout Canada from offices in Vancouver and Toronto.