Safe Chain Solutions

Pharmaceutical distributor Safe Chain Solutions is headquartered at 822 Chesapeake Drive in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — Local pharmaceutical distributor Safe Chain Solutions and co-founders Charles and Patrick Boyd are three of the main subjects in the center of a massive federal complaint accusing dozens of other distributors, suppliers and pharmacies of being involved with an elaborate counterfeit HIV drug scheme.

Safe Chain and the Boyds, who are brothers, are accused of selling authentic-looking bottles of HIV medication to distributors and pharmacies across the country, according to an unsealed federal complaint filed in October 2021 by attorneys for Gilead Sciences Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that develops and markets a variety of life-saving medications, including drugs that treat or prevent HIV.

Patrick and Charles Boyd

A 2014 photo of Patrick Boyd (left) and Charles Boyd, who co-founded Safe Chain Solutions in 2011.

Gilead caps

The purported Gilead medications seized from Safe Chain in Cambridge showed obvious signs of tampering and had fake caps, according to a federal complaint.

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