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April 6, 2011

Gilead Raises Prices of HIV Drugs Atripla, Truvada, Emtriva

Gilead Sciences increased the prices of its top-selling HIV treatment drugs, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Atripla increased by 5.1 percent, and Truvada and Emtriva increased by 7.9 percent. These jumps are in addition to increases of 12 percent for Atripla and 13 percent for Truvada and Emtriva that occurred between the first quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010. Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said these price hikes are unreasonable, especially since these drugs have no new formulations and the increases will harm cash-strapped programs such as Medicare.

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Jay, Atlanta, 2011-11-29 18:15:17
What to do? I am grateful to receive $1100 in assistance to offset the $1500 monthly charge for my insurance policy. Even so, $1700 for Atripla (of which I get 70% back) makes it impossible to use my insurance for other drugs or healthcare needs. Gilead offers $200 PAP w/insurance but almost free w/o insurance. Without a full time job, do I give up insurance? Stop taking my HIV meds? ADAP is overloaded in GA and the powers that be seem truly out of touch with the reality. I'm so very frustrated.

mike, Baltimore, 2011-05-17 13:42:01
Anybody paying cash for medicine would get a much better price at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) These pharmacies buy medicine at Public Health Service prices. A bottle of Atripla costs about $850 where I work.

glen, atlanta, 2011-05-05 10:48:59
Wow, who has med supply built up??? I go month to month. who can afford to build up supply unless you are not taking some. My Atripla costs $2100 and change each month, I am on a year long ADAP waiting list in Atlanta, and currently receive my Atripla through Gilead's Patient Assistance Program and have for the last year, with an new extension as of last month. I have no insurance and have been unemployed a year now and never sure if I'll find work or if they will extend UI benefits.

debbie, chittenango, 2011-05-03 18:40:40
I feel that any drug that gets licensed raises the price they charge. I think we need to concentrate on Americans first and foremost.

Frederick Wright, Souther California, 2011-04-29 15:09:32
Wow the concept of a strike on meds is very powerful and it would work if enough of us UTUBE it in a Daily Experence. I for one am on Strike now due to ADAP stortage in Florida and moving to California where they have a 90 day waiting period for treatment, I think it is about the imigration problem of opening HIV folks and not enough money for Americans. Yes if the drug pushers reconized a reduced income for their big houses then they would be happy to take a negoiated piece of the pie. SOS

Namnibor, Columbus, 2011-04-28 23:22:55
I **JUST** learned that my Medicare Pt. D Plan charges a few dollars under $19,000. for 30 tablets now and I think Big Pharma is circumnavigating the new Healthcare Reform Law. I use Medicare rather than the VA-- Although I am 100% Service-Connected Disabled Veteran and am able to ALSO continue to rec'v. full SSDI because the VA **is service-connected**, the VA would never cover my HIV RX/care because it was not service connected, forcing me to use Medicare, with the VA being ALWAYS last to pay.

CARMINE MONTALTO, New York, 2011-04-26 23:28:13
Shame on them. As if it weren't horrifying enough to walk into my pharmacy every month and pay $1,621 for a bottle of 30 pills. Imagine how stunned I was when I was told it went up to $1,705 today. They should ashamed of themselves. And certainly be publicly held accountable for gouging people whose insurance doesn't cover it (mine only covers generic drugs).

Tom, Johannesburg, 2011-04-12 02:59:42
It is true that Atripla is available in Africa (South Africa) at drastically reduced pricing. Before leaving the US I was paying in excess of $1,100 per month for Atripla. In South Africa I pay roughly $75 per month!

Namnibor, Columbus/OH, 2011-04-08 22:59:25
What's so criminal about this is with no COLA for Veteran's or Social Security Disability Income for few years, yet food, gas, all Insurance Prem's and copays going up; we are literally making less by the very % of increase in drug costs, yet USA subsidizes Big pharma and sends BILLIONS $$ free meds to Africa, yet under a totally different name/same drug-Atripla, is much less in Australia, even with their hyperinflation. Above comment on extra bottles/drug dealers--inappropriate and sad!

Bob, , 2011-04-07 14:47:55
I know this would most likely never happen. If PWHIV went on a drug strike, it might wake up the powers that be into understanding the huge burden (physical, financial, emotional and social) that these drugs have on the people taking them. If every person taking HIV meds used the supply they have built up (and we all have a couple months supply built up), that could scare the drug dealers into acting. We'd have to decide if the principled stand was still worth it when the last pill was gone.

mike, , 2011-04-07 11:47:56
What a surprise. Stupid healthcare bill doesn't address cost control at all from pharms. Prices for mature meds should come down over time, never go up.

Rosetta M., Buffalo, 2011-04-07 10:15:06
With all the new laws that require health care providers to offer HIV testin and with the new infections that will be identified.I am not surprise they are raising their prices... supply and demand...not fair market...just like any other drug dealer...shame on you Gilead and to think I posed for your calendar....regrets

Frederick Wright, Southern California, 2011-04-07 00:18:48
Wow, just when I was starting to like Gilead. Let me start off by saying a few nice things about this company for they are not a part of the monopoly group called Pharma, but founded by the Iron Trangle group of the Bushes and Cheny and have moved billions of dollars through Medicare for themselve and saved a lot of HIV and HEPC people lives. I think it is time to revisit patient expiration based on revnue or for our President to envolk an emergency compusilary liscening scheme. God Have Mercy

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