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

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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.

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“The negotiations were conducted by plaintiffs’ counsel with experience in class proceedings.”

Sawatzky v. Société Chirurgicale Instrumentarium Inc., 1999 CanLII 6982 at para. 11

“I am satisfied it is apparent from the material, which is complicated, and, I might say very well organized...”

Fischer v. Delgratia Mining Corp, [1999] B.C.J. No. 3149 at para. 23

“Plaintiff’s counsel are senior members of the bar who have extensive experience in personal injury litigation and class actions..”

Knudsen (Guardian of) v. Consolidated Food Brands Inc., 2001 BCSC 1837 at para. 40

“Mr. Klein is experienced and able in relation to class proceedings. Over time he has acquired expertise that permits him to make a valuable contribution...”

Killough v. Canadian Red Cross Society, 2001 BCSC 1745 at para. 28

“The lead class counsel is experienced and has been recognized by the courts in approving settlements in other class actions.”

Fakhri v. Alfalfa’s Canada Inc., 2005 BCSC 1123 at para. 23

“Counsel for the plaintiffs in the various jurisdictions appear to be experienced in class proceedings, and to be recognized as skilled litigators.”

Jeffrey v. Nortel Networks Corp., 2007 BCSC 69 at para. 29

“…Plaintiff’s counsel retained the British Columbia law firm of Klein Lawyers to assist in the litigation. That firm has extensive experience...”

Rideout v. Health Labrador Corp, 2007 NLTD 150 at para. 156

“Klein Lawyers is a litigation firm focusing on class actions. The firm is based in Vancouver but also has a Toronto office.”

McSherry v. Zimmer GMBH, 2012 ONSC 4113 at para. 21

“The proposed Class Counsel have excellent qualifications…”

Parker v. Pfizer Canada Inc., 2012 ONSC 3681 at para. 130

“Mr. Klein of Klein Lawyers has over 20 years of experience in the field of class action litigation and has appeared as plaintiffs’ counsel in over 25 certified class actions...”

Stanway v. Wyeth Canada Inc., 2015 BCSC 983 at para. 39

“Class counsel, Klein Lawyers LLP and Kim Orr Barristers P.C., are highly experienced in class action litigation. Both firms have practiced in the specialized area of class action litigation for over 20 years”

Merlo v. R, 2017 FC 533 at para. 34

“British Columbia class counsel took on this case on a contingency basis, and faced a real risk of not being paid at all for their services.”

Jeffrey v. Nortel Networks Corp, 2007 BCSC 69 at para. 73

“Class counsel pursued this litigation to completion on their own rather than with a consortium of counsel from various provinces.”

Merlo v. R, 2017 FC 533 at para. 84

“Klein Lawyers has continuously posted updates about the case on its website during the litigation, and has posted the court decisions...”

Richard v. British Columbia, [2010] B.C.J. No. 1363 at para. 20

“There is little doubt that the lawyers of the firm expended a great deal of time in prosecuting the action, in negotiating a settlement...”

McSherry v. Zimmer GMBH, 2016 ONSC 4606 at para. 38

“…Class counsel undertook an extensive communication plan to advise potential class members of the proposed settlement and to advise them of the...”

Merlo v. R, 2017 FC 533 at para. 12
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