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Big Pharma firm Gilead Sciences sent envelopes violating privacy of users of HIV medication

May 22, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (May 22, 2020) – An Alabama man was mortified when an envelope for him with the return address HIV Prevention Team in bold red lettering turned up in his workplace mail room. An Indiana man, who is so protective of his confidentiality that he fills his HIV-related prescriptions at a different pharmacy chain from where he gets his other medications, was shocked to receive the same mailing.

The two men are plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit filed in the U.S.District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the California pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc. illegally compromised the privacy rights of people taking its medications by recklessly mailing the inappropriately marked envelopes after promising its customers confidentiality.

The action has been brought by attorneys from the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania; Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C.; and Berger Montague.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published more on this lawsuit: https://www.inquirer.com/business/drugs/gilead-hiv-drug-truvada-lawsuit-aids-law-project-20200522.html