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Website Offers Access to HIV Meds for Uninsured

By Enid Vázquez

September/October 2012

HarborPath website

HarborPath, a new non-profit organization, has been established to create a program that offers a single place where uninsured HIV-positive people who otherwise qualify for manufacturer-sponsored patient assistance programs (PAPs) can apply for and receive their medications. The "one stop shop" portal will provide a streamlined, online process to qualify individuals and deliver the donated medications through a mail-order pharmacy. HarborPath will pilot the program in states with high need, including Alabama, Texas, and Virginia.

To create the portal, HarborPath worked closely with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which provided the seed funding for the organization. On World AIDS Day 2011, President Bill Clinton noted the need to fight HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

"I am proud that my foundation is partnering with NASTAD and other pharmaceutical manufacturers to make sure Americans living with HIV have access to the life-saving medications they need," said President Clinton. "This is an important step forward in our fight against the disease."

ViiV Healthcare is the first pharmaceutical company to support the program with HIV/AIDS medications and funding.

The goal of HarborPath is to get all HIV/AIDS medications into the program and serve uninsured individuals with:

Murray Penner, Deputy Executive Director at NASTAD, said, "Under the current PAP process, an individual or their case manager has to apply separately to each company's program for these medications, which can be complex and time-consuming. Missing doses or failing to fill prescriptions because of complications sometimes associated with these processes may result in serious health consequences, or even death, in addition to increased transmission of the virus. HarborPath is designed to address this urgent need in the U.S."


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