St. Louis Post-Dispatch Examines Small Pharmacies' Efforts to Provide Specialized Services to People Living With HIV/AIDS
May 22, 2008
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday examined the efforts of some small pharmacies to provide specialized services to people living with HIV/AIDS. According to the Post-Dispatch, HIV/AIDS care is "resisting" the pharmaceutical industry's overall trend toward distributing medication through mail-order pharmacies rather than through traditional retail.
According to the Post-Dispatch, many people living with HIV/AIDS appreciate the attention they receive at specialty pharmacies, as well as the privacy of small pharmacies. Steve Miller, vice president of pharmacy for the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, said that he does not think specialty pharmacies will be as successful as mail-order pharmacies among HIV-positive people in the long term. Miller said that receiving antiretrovirals through the mail is more convenient for HIV-positive people who do not live near specialty pharmacies, adding that over-the-phone drug counseling is more private than counseling provided at traditional pharmacies (Feldstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/21).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.