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Swiss researchers analyzed shifts in kidney function among those switching from the old form of the HIV medication to the new one.
Gilead Sciences has released multiple combo tablets that contain the updated tenofovir, which is linked to improved bone and kidney makers.
The once-daily regimen includes the integrase inhibitor bictegravir plus the contents of Descovy (emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide).
A 96-week study also found that switching from Viread to Vemlidy led to improvements in liver enzyme levels.
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An updated version of Viread, called TAF, combats hepatitis B as effectively as the older drug and is safer for bone and kidney health.
Since curing HCV, Gilead has more than doubled its annual drug sales, leaving the company with $8.61 billion for further investments.
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