Policy & Politics
Illinois ADAP Receives $3 Million in Additional Funds to Cover Rising Drug Prices, Increase in Clients
August 11, 2004
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) announced last week that the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program will receive an additional $3.1 million in funds under the state's 2005 budget to cover the rising costs of antiretroviral drugs, an increase in clients and additional medications, the Belleville News-Democrat reports. More than half of the additional funds -- $1.6 million -- will be used for medications to treat the possible side effects of antiretrovirals, including heart disease and liver failure. The remaining $1.5 million will cover the rising cost of both antiretroviral and other HIV/AIDS-related medications and an increase in the number of ADAP clients. Illinois also has negotiated an additional $1 million in discounts, rebates and price freezes from nine antiretroviral manufacturers that are effective until March 2005 and possibly longer. "We need more for AIDS no matter what the service is," Sharon Smith, executive director of the community-based AIDS service organization Bethany Place, said.
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