Stribild Lawsuit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) described Stribild as a “complete treatment regimen for HIV infection.” Stribild uses the same ingredients as older HIV drugs like Truvada in a once-a-day pill. However, some people claim that Stribild permanently damaged their kidneys and bones. Today, those affected are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries.

What Is a Stribild Lawsuit?

Some of those who took Stribild and developed serious health problems have taken legal action against Gilead Sciences, the drug’s maker.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Stribild for use in August 2012.  Stribild combines different compounds that can fight HIV. This includes tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and cobicistat.

Cobicistat increases the amount of TDF in a person’s bloodstream. While TDF helps prevent the spread of HIV, it can also damage the kidneys and bones in high doses.

Dangerous Stribild side effects can include: 

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • End-stage renal disease (kidney failure)
  • Renal impairment and injury
  • Broken bones and loss of bone density
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tooth loss

To date, Stribild is the last drug made by Gilead that contains TDF. Gilead introduced a safer alternative to TDF called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) in 2015.

Yet, recent lawsuits note that Gilead actually discovered TAF before Viread, its first HIV drug, came out in 2001. TAF was not used in any Gilead drugs prior to 2015 even though the drug was more effective and safer. By waiting to sell TAF, Gilead could maximize the profit they would make from their TDF-containing drugs.

Today, those who used Stribild and developed kidney or bone problems can file a lawsuit against Gilead. Through a lawsuit, victims can receive compensation for their medical bills, lost earning potential if they couldn’t work, and other expenses.

Stribild Lawsuit 2018

A notable example of a lawsuit involving Stribild is Holley v. Gilead, filed in 2018.

In this lawsuit, 140 plaintiffs from 30 states claim that using Stribild and other Gilead HIV drugs led to a wide assortment of kidney and bone problems.

For example, a 32-year-old man named in the lawsuit lost so much bone mass that he has trouble moving his leg without help. He took Stribild for roughly 6 years.

In another case, a woman developed osteoporosis after using Stribild from 2012 to 2015 and another Gilead-made drug, Atripla, from 2006 to 2009. Her health problems worsened to the point where she needed a cane to walk.

This plaintiff had to quit her job as a result. Her kidneys later failed and she slipped into a coma.

As of 2019, this case is still ongoing.

Filing a Stribild Class-Action Lawsuit

Holley v. Gilead is known as a class-action lawsuit. In a class-action lawsuit, a group of people takes joint legal action against those who may be responsible for their injuries.

Class-action lawsuits can develop in a few different ways. A group can decide to file one from the start, or several existing lawsuits can be merged together. In addition, a person looking to file a lawsuit can join a class-action lawsuit if they qualify.

Those who want to file or join a lawsuit should work with an experienced lawyer.

Lawyers have the knowledge and resources to:

  • Build a strong case using documents and evidence
  • File the lawsuit properly, correctly, and on time
  • Negotiate with the other side’s legal team
  • Obtain as much compensation for you as possible

Lawyers can also determine if a class-action lawsuit will work best for you. Most lawsuits related to products like HIV drugs are not handled as a class-action.

Other Stribild Lawsuit Types

There are a few different ways to file a Stribild lawsuit. Which lawsuit will be best for you depends on the details of your case.

Notable types of lawsuits include: 

  • Personal Injury: In a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff (the person suing) files against the defendant (the person/company being sued). These lawsuits seek to prove how the actions of the defendant caused harm to the plaintiff.
  • Wrongful Death: Family members or loved ones may file a wrongful death lawsuit if a victim died from Stribild-related complications. These lawsuits seek compensation for loved ones’ medical expenses, grief, and funeral costs.

Your lawyer will guide you throughout the process no matter what type of lawsuit you pursue. They will also work their hardest to have the lawsuit conclude in your favor.

Settlements vs Trials

Most lawsuits end either through a settlement or a trial verdict.

Here is what to know about trials and settlements: 

  • Settlements: In a settlement, neither side admits they are at fault. The defendant agrees to pay the plaintiff an amount of money agreed upon by both sides. Settling is preferred by most lawyers, as it saves them time and allows them to avoid a trial. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, 95% of personal injury lawsuits settle out of court.
  • Trials: In a trial, both sides have to make their case before a judge and a jury. One side will then be declared the winner. While a trial could award the plaintiff with more compensation than a settlement, they also could receive nothing if they lose. In addition, the defendant could appeal the verdict if the plaintiff wins.

Legal Help for Stribild Health Problems

As Holley v. Gilead and other pending lawsuits link Stribild to kidney and bone damage, it is vital that anyone at risk knows their legal options.

Because Stribild uses TDF, anyone who uses it could be put in danger. Sadly, Gilead produced and marketed Stribild to doctors even though it had the safer TAF available for over a decade.

In 2015, Gilead introduced a new drug called Genvoya. This drug had the same chemical makeup as Stribild, but it contained 10mg of TAF in place of the 25mg found in TDF.

While Gilead sells TAF-based drugs like Genvoya today, it continues to sell Stribild and other drugs that contain TDF.

If you used Stribild in the past or still use it today and now suffer from kidney or bone damage, you may be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.

To learn more, get a free case review today.

Author:HIV Drug Justice Editorial Team
HIV Drug Justice Editorial Team

HIV Drug Justice educates people about the risks of HIV drugs, which can cause kidney failure and bone damage. Our site is managed by the HIV Drug Justice Editorial Team, a group of concerned writers, editors, journalists, and illustrators. Our team helps readers understand what medical and legal options are available if they used dangerous HIV drugs and developed serious health problems as a result.

Last modified: September 17, 2019

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  1. Holley, et al. v. Gilead Sciences Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2018)