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New Calif. Lawsuit Says Gilead’s AIDS Drugs Cause Kidney Damage, Bone Fractures

LOS ANGELES — Four California residents have sued Gilead Sciences Inc., accusing it of failing to warn doctors that its tenofovir and tenofovir-based antiviral AIDS drugs Viread and Truvada can cause kidney failure and bone fractures.

In the complaint, which was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Nov. 1, plaintiffs contend that Gilead knew of the risks before the drugs were approved yet misrepresented their safety and efficacy in marketing materials.

Donald Dechow Jr., Anthony Evans, Douglas Klein and Victoria Scott ingested Viread and Truvada as part of a “highly active antiretroviral ...

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