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Re: cost of hiv
      02/14/09 10:07 AM


The price of treatment with antiretrovirals in Europe is ?70,000 to ?80,000 (?63,000 to ?72,000) a year


Only yesterday I saw those same ridiculous figures quoted somewhere (probably by a tragic reader of the Independent) and they are complete and utter nonsense. I can only assume that a researcher somewhere has added an extra zero for dramatic effect .. or has an axe to grind about the availability of certain cancer treatments on the NHS.

On average, the cost of your antiretroviral drugs will come in at somewhere shy of UK?8,000 per year .. and there isn't a combination of generally available antiretroviral drugs that would come anywhere close to costing the UK?63,000 to UK?72,000 quoted in that Indy article.

As recently as 26th of January, Hansard published a written answer from the Minister of State for Public Health at the Department of Health in the UK, Dawn Primarolo, in which she states: "The estimated annual treatment costs to the national health service for a patient with HIV vary according to the severity of the disease. The estimated average annual costs to the NHS of treating an HIV positive patient with combination antiretroviral drugs is ?14,000" .. and that includes not just the drugs themselves but also all the ancillary costs of clinics, doctors, nurses, lab tests, managing side-effects, providing palliative care etc.

Indy in sloppy research shocker! :feigns surprise:

Edited to add:

Section 2.3.1 of the 2006 UK Treatment Guidelines lists the full monthly wholesale costs of the drugs which made up the various preferred regimens at that time (as at April 2005 list prices) - so they are the costs including VAT (purchase tax), but before taking into account the hefty discounts negotiated by the various purchasing consortia).

For example, the annual list price for a standard Sustiva+Truvada combination would have been ?8,845. The only single drug costing significantly more than ?400 / month was Fuzeon (T-20) @ ?1,350 and several combinations had a total annual cost of less than ?5,000.

With patents on several popular drugs and combinations expiring over the next few years, even those costs are likely to fall sharply.

Nor do those figures take into account the thousands of patients (myself included) who are enrolled in trials and for whom the NHS doesn't incur any drug costs at all (because our drugs are provided free by the drug manufacturers) .. or the fact that even more thousands of patients opt to have their drugs delivered directly to their home / place or work, thereby saving the NHS the 17.5% VAT that would otherwise be payable on drugs dispensed by their clinic.

There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

Edited by Ruairi (02/14/09 04:16 PM)

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