Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  Breaking News: FDA Approves Triumeq, New Once-Daily Combination Pill
  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

Abbott Cuts Cost of AIDS Drug for Government Programs

May 10, 2011

Abbott Laboratories announced at its annual shareholders meeting it will reduce the price of Kaletra by 8 percent for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). The state-run programs for low-income HIV/AIDS patients are struggling to contain costs amid reductions in government spending and increases in demand due to the poor economy.

Advertisement

North Chicago-based Abbott said ADAPs will pay $5,037 per patient per year for the protease inhibitor, a key ingredient in HIV drug cocktails. Miles White, Abbott's chair and CEO, said the drugmaker has not raised the price of Kaletra since 2007. Other companies have increased prices of their AIDS drugs 5 percent to 6 percent annually, he noted.

Meanwhile, cash-strapped states are starting to impose eligibility restrictions on people seeking help through ADAPs. More than 7,700 patients countrywide are on ADAP waiting lists, said the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, citing state and federal data.

In Illinois, the state health department will restrict its ADAP to "new applicants with incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level," or $32,670 for a single individual, beginning in July. The program currently admits individuals earning 500 percent of the federal poverty level, or $54,450.

Back to other news for May 2011

Adapted from:
Chicago Tribune
04.29.2011; Bruce Japsen


  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
More on HIV Medications
More News on Kaletra (Lopinavir/Ritonavir)

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Tools
 

Advertisement