Florida Sidesteps AIDS Drug Crisis for Now
February 2, 2011
Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program was on track to run out of money to treat 6,500 of its 10,000 patients by early February. Now, in an unprecedented arrangement, AIDS drug manufacturers have agreed to a one-time bail-out for these ADAP clients through the fiscal year beginning April 1, advocates said Tuesday. Florida is grateful for the help, said Tom Liberti, the state Department of Health's AIDS chief.
Under the agreement, five drug manufacturers will donate $14 million worth of drugs to the South Carolina-based non-profit Welvista, which will coordinate their distribution to ADAP clients, Penner said. "This is a one-time, emergency, not-to-be-repeated transaction," said Penner. He noted the companies involved were initially reluctant to participate, fearing this might encourage other states to underfund their ADAPs.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
02.02.2011; Bob Lamendola
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