How to Spot Deceptive Drug Injury Ads Like the HIV-Related Videos Facebook Just Disabled

“Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle” by Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0  Some ads can be more than misleading – they can put your health at risk. Last year, ads paid for by law firms and legal referral companies started cropping up on Facebook. Typically, they linked Truvada and other HIV-prevention drugs with severe bone and kidney damage. But like a lawsuit, these assertions do not always reflect the consensus of the medical community. They also do not take into account the benefit of the drug or how often the side effects occur....

Facebook Begins Quietly Pulling Harmful False Ads About Truvada and PrEP After Outcry from LGBTQ Groups

“Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle” by Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0  In response to a damning letter from 50 top LGBTQ organizations earlier this month, Facebook has begun pulling some harmful ads that were spreading misinformation about the HIV-prevention drug Truvada. The ads linked Truvada with severe bone and kidney damage, and the groups warned they were scaring people from using the drugs despite many studies confirming their safety. The groups demanded Facebook and Instagram immediately remove the advertisements and commit to a review and potential update of current advertising policies to...
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Facebook Begins Removing False HIV-Related Ads After More Than 50 LGBTQ Groups Complain

Facebook has started pulling ads with misinformation regarding PrEP and Truvada after more than 50 LGBTQ organizations signed an open letter addressed to Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On December 9, HIV/AIDS and public health organizations called on Facebook to remove dangerous and misleading ads. As of Dec. 30, nearly 70 organizations are listed as signatories. The newest organizations to participate include  AIDS Alabama, Fenway Health, Housing Works, New York City AIDS Memorial, and U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus. A full list is here. Independent fact-checking agency Science Feedback...

50+ LGBTQ Groups Call on Facebook and Instagram to Remove Harmful Ads Spreading Lies About Truvada and PrEP

“Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle” by Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0  50 top LGBTQ organizations have called on Facebook and Instagram to remove harmful ads that are spreading misinformation about PrEP and specifically, Truvada. “Using Facebook’s and Instagram’s targeted advertising programs, various law firms are attempting to recruit gay and bisexual men who use Truvada PrEP as an HIV preventative to join a lawsuit, claiming that the drug has caused harmful side effects in this patient population, specifically bone density and kidney issues,” write the groups. “By focusing on ‘Truvada’ and PrEP...
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The US government is suing PrEP manufacturer Gilead

The United State government has lodged a patent infringement lawsuit against Gilead Sciences, manufacturer of PrEP pill Truvada. The Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has accused Gilead of “wilfully and deliberatively” infringing its own patents on the drug, which can prevent HIV transmissions. “As a result of such infringement, Gilead has profited from research funded by hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and reaped billions from PrEP through the sale of Truvada and Descovy ,” the government said in a statement. According to the complaint, PrEP was developed...
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