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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.

"They were up against the wall," said Murray Penner, deputy executive director of the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), which helped negotiate the agreement. Without the help, Florida lacked about $14 million for ADAP coverage through the current fiscal year, leaving the 6,500 clients without treatment.

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See Also
2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
ADAP Waiting List Update: 35 People in 1 State as of July 23
More on ADAP Restrictions and Waiting Lists

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Comment by: David G (Akron, OH) Thu., Feb. 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm EST
The drug manufacturers aren't stupid. It makes good business sense for them to keep 6,500 HIV positive people alive for another year. After the fiscal crisis is over and the economy is flourishing again they will make up their 14 million and then some. This is just my thoughts on the matter. However I would also thank the drug manufacturers for their tax deductible donations because I am sure the 6,500 people that these drugs will help will appreciate them.
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