Florida Atripla Lawsuit Lawyers
Distasio Law Firm’s Florida Atripla lawyers are ready to help Florida Residents bring Atripla lawsuits. We can help you hold Gilead Sciences, the maker of Atripla, accountable for injuries caused by the drug. Typical long-term side effects of Atripla include osteoporosis, bone damage, and kidney issues.
If you or anyone you know has experienced side effects or injuries from taking Atripla, you may have a limited time to bring a claim and hold Gilead accountable. So do not hesitate All you have to do to see if our Atripla attorneys can help is give us a call at (813) 259-0022 or fill out our free case evaluation form. The phone call and the evaluation is free, and you won’t owe us anything unless we get you a recovery.
What is Atripla?
Atripla is an antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV. It combines efavirenz, emtricitabine, and Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). Atripla suppresses the damaging effects of HIV in HIV positive individuals. It also prevents HIV from causing AIDS. Unfortunately, the active ingredient in Atripla that is causing harm is Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF).
For many people, Atripla has been a miracle drug because it has prevented many deaths. It has also helped prevent the spread of AIDS. But lawsuits against Gilead allege it knew Atripla would cause damaging side effects, it owned a similar drug that has a much lower risk of these side effects, and it chose to sell Atripla and not sell the other drug. After the patent ran out on Atripla, Gilead then brought the other drug to market. If true, then Gilead made a conscious choice to sell a dangerous drug to increase its profits.
What Damage Can Atripla Cause?
Medical literature links Atripla to severe liver problems, kidney damage, lactic acid build up in the blood (lactic acidosis), and bone damage.
Atripla Lawsuits Allege it Causes Kidney Damage
Medical literature suggests a strong link between Atripla and Kidney damage. The lawsuits claim Gilead knew TDF Drugs like Atripla would cause these kidney injuries before it began selling them but did it anyway. Types of Kidney damage caused by Atripla include:
- Acute renal failure;
- Acute Kidney failure;
- Declining Kidney function;
- Chronic Kidney disease;
- Kidney failure; and
- Fanconi Syndrome
Atripla Lawsuits Allege it Causes Bone Damage
Medical literature suggests a strong link between Atripla and damage to bones. The lawsuits claim Gilead knew TDF Drugs like Atripla would cause these bone injuries before it began selling them but did it anyway. Types of bone damage Atripla causes include:
- Tooth decay;
- Tooth loss;
- Dental problems;
- Decreased bone mineral density;
- Bone fractures; and
- Bone loss
Atripla Lawsuit Allegations
The first lawsuits against Gilead that alleged Atripla was causing damage to patients were filed in May of 2018. The lawsuits claim TDF, the active ingredient in Atripla, causes serious side effects that include damage to bones and damage to kidneys. Atripla attorneys allege Gilead not only knew this at the time it started selling the medication, but it had already developed another version of the drug called TAF that does not pose the same risks of kidney problems or bone density loss.
The early testing of TAF indicated it was safer than TDF with lower toxicity. But Gilead stopped clinical research for TAF and did not attempt to bring it to market immediately. Instead it sold Atripla with TDF in it. During this time, Atripla was earning Gilead as much as $11 billion per year. According to the lawsuits Gilead purposefully stopped researching TAF until the Atripla patent was close to running out. This helped increase Gilead’s profits because after a patent runs out, generic drug manufacturers can make the same drug and cut into the Market share of Gilead. By waiting until the patent ran out on TDF to get TAF approved, Gilead effectively doubled the length of time before it would have competition selling its HIV drugs. There would be nothing wrong with this strategy if TDF was not causing harm to its patients. Unfortunately it was causing harm.
During this time, many HIV positive Americans taking Atripla, including many Florida residents had know idea about this increased risk. The FDA sent two warning letters to Gilead. Instead of heading these warnings, its alleged the drug company representatives were made false claims about the drugs safety and downplayed the drugs side effects.
Shortly after filing the Atripla lawsuits, Gilead moved to dismiss them. However, the court denied the motion to dismiss and ordered Gilead to answer the charges. The courts ruling concluded federal laws and FDA regulations do not bar most of the claims. This is just the beginning of the attempts to hold Gilead accountable. But this early success means Atripla lawyers can continue gathering evidence of Gilead’s wrongdoing.
Florida residents are filing Florida Atripla lawsuits now. If Atripla has caused you injury, you should use a Florida Atripla lawyer to make Gilead take responsibility for what it has done. Not only will filing a Atripla lawsuit help hold Gilead accountable for its actions, it will also provide compensation to those injured Florida residents.
Frequently Asked Atripla Lawsuit Questions
This page will help you get answers to your questions about lawsuits involving Atripla. After reading this page, give us a call so our Atripla lawyers in Florida can help you.
Who Can Bring an Atripla Claim?
Anyone that has osteoporosis, broken bones, bone damage, kidney failure, or other kidney damage as a result of taking Atripla can bring a claim.
Is It Wrong to Bring an Atripla Lawsuit?
Corporate interests spend lots of money each year to try and convince people its wrong to bring a lawsuit for money damages. But there not doing this to benefit you. There doing it to benefit themselves. Gilead is making billions of dollars selling a drug that causes people harm even though there is a much safer alternative. Don’t let propaganda about lawsuits stop you from making Gilead take responsibility for any corporate wrongdoing it may have committed. Lawsuits are the only way companies like Gilead will take notice and begin taking patient safety into account. More importantly lawsuits will help provide injured victims with money to pay increased medical expenses caused by the drugs side effects. They will also provide compensation for loss of enjoyment of life.
Should I File a Florida Atripla Lawsuit?
If you’ve suffered Fanconi syndrome, kidney failure, kidney damage, broken bones, or other bone problems because of taking Atripla, you should make a claim. Our Florida Atripla attorneys will figure out where your lawsuit should be filed and what type of lawsuit should be filed.
You want the lawyers handling your case to protect your interests. An Atripla class action lawsuit may not do that. It’s important that your treated as an individual, your damages are properly evaluated, and your compensated for what happened. Distasio Law Firm will act as your Florida lawyers and gather the evidence necessary to prove your case.
Instead of an Atripla class action lawsuit in which your portion is nothing but a small symbolic settlement, most Atripla claims will be filed on an individual basis. This will ensure individual treatment. The individual lawsuits may be consolidated into multi district litigation (MDL) for the sole purpose of gathering evidence and having consistent court rulings. But each case will be decided on its own merits. Compensation will be decided based on the amount of damages of each individual.
Who Can Bring an Atripla Claim?
Anyone that’s suffered damaging side effects from taking Atripla can bring an Atripla claim. The cases most likely to succeed include damages from broken or brittle bones, decreased mineral density, kidney failure, kidney damage, and or osteoporosis,.
Will My Right to Bring an Atripla Lawsuit in Florida Ever Expire?
There is a limited time to bring an Atripla lawsuit. This time limit is called a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is different in each state. This means you must bring your lawsuit within the statute of limitations for your particular state. The statute of limitations in Florida is 4 years from when all the elements of the lawsuit have occurred. There is also a 12 year statute of repose.
You should not decide on your own if it’s too late to bring a claim because you may think it’s too late when it is not. You should also not decide on your own that you have plenty of time because you might not. Instead, contact Distasio Law Firm as soon as possible so we can evaluate your claim before it’s too late
Distasio Law Firm
Distasio Law Firm is based in Tampa but handles cases throughout the state of Florida. It is our mission to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable for damages they cause. For more information give us a call at (813) 259-0022.
Distasio Law Firm Does Not Charge a Fee Unless We Get a Recovery On Your Behalf
We represent clients based on a contingency fee. This means we will perform a free case evaluation for you. And if we take your case, you still don’t owe us anything unless we get compensation for you. So, give us a call or fill out our online contact form to see if we can represent you.
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The Distasio Law Firm Difference
How do you know if you have hired the best Florida Atripla lawsuit lawyer? The simplest way to know is to find a lawyer that has all the below characteristics.
- Knowledge and Understanding of Atripla Lawsuit Injury Claims
Your lawyer should not only know the kinds of injuries and harm drugs like Atripla are causing. That lawyer should also have years of experience handling mass torts and defective drug cases. Scott Distasio has been handling these cases for over 29 years. His years of experience investigating, negotiating, settling, filing lawsuits, taking depositions, and going to trial will absolutely make a difference in your case.
- Independent Verification of the Lawyers Ability
All attorneys claim they know what they are doing. Their marketing materials may also be persuasive. But you will only know the truth about that lawyer if the lawyer is rated by respected independent non-biased rating systems. Scott Distasio has an “AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell law Directory. This is the highest rating an attorney can receive for both ability and ethics. Scott Distasio is also Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Trial law. To achieve this accomplishment a lawyer must have tried a minimum number of cases to a jury and pass a competency exam. Less than 1% of all Florida lawyers are Board Certified.
- Willingness and Ability to Go to Trial
Not all personal injury cases go to trial. The truth is most cases settle. But if your case does need to go to trial it’s important to hire a law firm that has the experience, resources and ability to try your case. Scott Distasio is a board certified civil trial lawyer. This gives him the right to call himself an expert trial lawyer.