AIDS Group Pushes Drugmakers for Relief on HIV Medicine Prices
July 29, 2011
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is urging pharmaceutical firms to bring down the domestic price of AIDS drugs to enable patients to access treatment programs of last resort. As of July 28, 8,871 low-income HIV/AIDS patients in 13 states were on waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, according to the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). In addition to implementing waiting lists, many state ADAPs have tightened eligibility criteria, cut coverage, and capped enrollment due to economy-driven fiscal constraints and surges in demand.
"The fact that there are nearly 10,000 people who don't have access to [ADAPs] is scandalous," said Michael Weinstein, AHF's president. "Our job as advocates is to ensure that they have access on a long-term basis."View Full Article
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