FOSTER CITY, Calif. (KRON) — The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is staging multiple protests outside the headquarters of pharmaceutical maker, Gilead Sciences. They said the company has overcharged patients who use their drugs and illegally restricted access to some of its medications.

Under the federal government’s 340B, a drug pricing program, drug makers, such as Gilead, are required to provide medications at a reduced cost to qualifying healthcare providers.

The protestors said the company is violating its 340B obligations by not offering discount prices for its hepatitis C medication and HIV drugs.

They said that low-income patients are struggling to afford Gilead’s medications and they are asking the company to provide them with relief.

“We would certainly appreciate Gilead doing the right thing and putting people over their profit and make it equitable for people to be able to afford their drugs,” said Kendall Moore of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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KRON4 has reached out to Gilead Sciences for comment and received the following statement from a Gilead spokesperson:

Gilead’s role in ending the HIV and hepatitis epidemics is to discover, develop, and ensure access to our life-saving medicines. We are committed to advancing health equity and mitigating the racial, geographic and other societal barriers that affect access to care. Through our free drug program, Gilead has provided free medicine to more than 250,000 individuals. Gilead is the largest private funder of HIV programs in the U.S., providing more than $250 million in charitable contributions and grants in 2021 alone to support efforts to help end the HIV epidemic. Gilead also leads numerous community programs to address issues that fuel the HIV epidemic – particularly among key populations and in certain regions of the country.

Gilead has a long history of working closely across sectors and in partnership with the HIV community to help end the epidemic. As a leader in HIV, we will continue to work together with the HIV community and policymakers to overcome the remaining barriers to HIV prevention, care and treatment, and to advance public health initiatives to combat HIV, particularly in regions hardest hit in the United States.

The protestors plan to return to Foster City on Thursday and Friday.