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May 3, 2010

Report: 1,001 People in 10 States on ADAP Waiting Lists

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) in 10 states have a combined total of 1,001 people on waiting lists as of April 30, according to a new report from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

Sixteen other states have restricted access to ADAPs by lowering financial eligibility criteria, removing drugs from their formulary and limiting expenditures.

NASTAD’s 2010 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report states that “ADAPs are currently in the eye of the ‘perfect storm’: minimal increases in federal appropriations, significant state budget cuts, increased program demand due to unemployment, heightened national efforts on HIV testing and linkages into care, and new HIV treatment guidelines calling for earlier therapeutic treatments.”

NASTAD will soon convene an ADAP Crisis Task Force to negotiate with antiretroviral manufacturers to provide more rebates and discounts, as well as multiyear cost protections.

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Frederick Wright, Tampa, 2010-05-07 17:32:47
The sad part is that Medicare is paying 1700 a month for Atripla and ADAP is paying 700 dollars in Florida for the same Pill. It is all Federal and State Money and the sad part is that during President Bush Administration that negotiation for lower prices concerning RX from our Government's Monies is not allowed and truly is a crime against the people when again our Federal Government is marketing for Big PHARM by buying at the highest price, yet the Government is the largest buyer. SAD

Mike, Las Vegas, 2010-05-06 14:34:10
This is pretty sad. I was lucky and got on mine right away this year. They mean it when they say you have to get an appointment and keep it, or else they could run out of money and your off your meds. i feel very sorry for those who are truly sick and need the meds. I have always been blessed with good health, a zero viral load, etc. It isn't the same for everyone. Hopefully negotiations with the drug companies will lower costs and ensure everyone that needs to can participate.

Chad T Hendry, Naperville, ILL, 2010-05-05 12:52:19
As the budgets continue to be cut, there will only be more people affected by this. It is a crime that we are cutting funds, yet still pour out millions to other countries to help with the HIV epidemic. We need to as a society bring HIV front and center in our own country. The fight is far from over.

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