Monthly Archives: January 2016

Legal battle over L.A. County’s condom requirement for porn actors coming to a close

Los Angeles Times By Matt Hamilton January 28, 2016 The pitched legal battle over the constitutionality of a Los Angeles County law that requires porn actors to wear condoms during sex scenes appears to be coming to a close. Attorneys for Vivid Entertainment and affiliates of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation told a federal magistrate judge last week…

Gilead Faces Fights Over Hepatitis C and H.I.V. Drugs

The New York Times By Andrew Pollack January 27, 2016 The attorney general of Massachusetts said on Wednesday that she had opened an inquiry into whether Gilead Sciences had violated state consumer protection laws by charging too much for its hepatitis C drugs. The notification, which was contained in a letter to the company from…

AHF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Gilead to Invalidate Patents on Key AIDS Drug

Legal action, filed today in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, asserts that, “ … Gilead manipulated the patent system and engaged in anticompetitive practices to prevent economical access to …” Tenofovir, a key component in Genvoya, Gilead’s four-in-one Fixed Dose Combination (FDC). AHF lawsuit also names Japan Tobacco Inc. and Emory University and…

AHF Files FDA Complaint Against Gilead for Truvada PrEP Ads Promoting Off-label Use

In contravention of statute and regulations, Gilead appears to be promoting situational use of its AIDS treatment, Truvada, for PrEP, misleading viewers into believing that Truvada is safe and effective for use on a situational basis, despite knowing that the drug is not FDA-approved for such use. Gilead paid for ad that violates FDA guidelines…

AHF Welcomes Chris Holt, MD To San Diego Healthcare and Wellness Center

Longtime San Diego HIV Specialist Joins Lead Physician Dr. Adam Zweig In Offering Quality Medical Care to HIV Patients SAN DIEGO (January 19, 2016) — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today announces that Chris Holt, MD has joined its AHF San Diego Healthcare Center, located at 3940 4th Ave., Suite 140 in the Hillcrest neighborhood. A graduate…

AHF To Commemorate MLK Holiday At Parades and Through Free HIV Testing Events Across The Country

“AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” wrapped bus to debut at LA’s MLK parade; tour during Black History Month LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2016) — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed on January 18 by participating in MLK parades and hosting free HIV awareness and testing events in…

AHF Applauds Congress Restoring Federal Money For Syringe Exchanges

Partial lifting of decades-long ban still does not allow federal funds to directly purchase needles; AHF calls on state and local governments to provide clean syringes for programs LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2016) — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today applauded Congress for partially lifting its longstanding ban on federal dollars being used to support needle…

Gilead Premieres HIV PrEP Party Drug Ad

In what looks to be the first direct-to-consumer drug advertising directly funded by Gilead Sciences for use of its AIDS treatment, Truvada, as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection in non-infected individuals, Gilead paid for an ad that violates FDA guidelines for PrEP by promoting off-label use of the drug by encouraging situational PrEP…

Fight over drug prices hits court instead of ballot

Ohio.com Post January 6, 2016 By Amanda Garrett Beacon Journal staff writer Members of a group that wants Ohioans to vote on prescription drug price controls sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Wednesday and asked a judge to clear its path toward the November ballot.  Ohioans for Fair Drug Prices believes Husted, at…

Activists Sue Ohio to Get Drug Pricing Measure on the Ballot

STAT News Post January 6, 2016 By Ed Silverman In the latest skirmish over prescription drug pricing, consumer activists filed a lawsuit against Ohio officials for ordering a review of signatures collected for a ballot measure designed to lower the cost of medicines. The proposed measure, known as the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, would…