The U.S. Senate is considering a bill to create a $3 billionfund to offer a prize to developers of new medications in exchange for allowingthose drugs to immediately go generic, Politico reports. Many HIV-positiveindividuals still struggle to pay for expensive medications, and the recessionis making it even harder. As of April 2012, 10 states had waiting lists fortheir AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) and 15 had taken “cost-containmentsteps.” And despite the fact that ADAPs are able to get medications atdiscounted prices, it still costs about $10,000 per patient per year to coverdrugs. Senator Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) has proposed the bill as a way to closegaps in care and get cheaper meds to the people who need them. 

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