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New Drug - TMC114
      #193898 - 06/01/06 01:10 AM

Don't Let TMC114 Cost More Than Kaletra, Advocates Urge

We may be only days away from an announcement that the U.S. has approved a
new HIV medication: TMC114 (darunavir), a protease inhibitor that may be
especially helpful for people with resistance to many existing protease
inhibitors. But although they eagerly await TMC114's approval, many HIV
treatment advocates are also worried: Given how expensive HIV treatment has
become in recent years, they are concerned that TMC114 may continue a trend
toward drug prices that fewer and fewer people can afford -- or that
prescription drug plans, like AIDS Drug Assistance Programs or the new
Medicare Part D, may be unwilling or unable to pay for. As a result,
advocates have signed on to this letter (which you can sign as well) urging
Tibotec, the maker of TMC114, and its parent companies to keep the price of
the drug below that of Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir), which is currently the
best-selling protease inhibitor on the market. (Web highlight from Community
Health HIV/AIDS Mobi
lization Project)

Edited by EricCO (06/01/06 01:11 AM)

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Re: New Drug - TMC114 new
      #194043 - 06/02/06 05:08 AM

GOD I hope not!!!! The Fuzeon that my husband is on is currently (I believe the highest priced without insurance!!) It is currently $2,894.25, or around that. Kaletra is currently w/o insurance at $746.49. This is ridiculous! The doc plans on putting him on TMC 114 when it is available. I fought like hell to get him on Fuzeon. I WILL fight like hell for this one too!!!!! I wish everyone else luck with this.

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