Demand Pharma to Decrease, Not Increase, Cost of HIV/AIDS Medications!
  • Petitioned John Martin

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Chairman & CEO, Gilead Sciences
John Martin
President & COO, Gilead Sciences
John Milligan
Executive Vice President & CSO, Gilead Sciences
Norbert Bischofberger
Gilead Sciences
PR Representative

Demand Pharma to Decrease, Not Increase, Cost of HIV/AIDS Medications!

    1. Elizabeth Lombino
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Lombino

      New York, NJ

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Crisis continues. In fact, it is getting worse.

As of March 31, the waiting list for ADAP has increased to 7,745 people in 11 states. (The number was 5,100 in 10 states when we first began reporting about the ADAP Crisis in January.) That means right at this moment, there are close to 8,000 HIV+ individuals waiting for financial assistance to pay for their HIV medications. They are being denied coverage for their life-saving medications due to budget cuts on the federal and state levels. They are now at an even greater risk of seeing a drastic decline in their health while they wait for their medications.

That's part 1 of the bad news. Part 2 is more disheartening. It seems that one pharmaceutical company (Pharma) has responded to the crisis ... by raising the prices of their HIV/AIDS medications! Clearly they have a different definition of crisis.

Gilead Sciences made the decision to raise the prices of their top HIV medications. The cost of Atripla went up by 5.1 percent. Truvada and Emtirva went up by 7.9 percent. All of these medications also experienced increases within the last two years.

Just a few months ago, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called for the top pharmaceutical companies (including Gilead) to decrease the prices of their medications to assist with the ADAP crisis.  The goal was to inspire Pharma to assist in the crisis by helping ease the financial burden off state and federal funds.

Clearly Gilead did not read the letter.

If thousands of HIV+ individuals are unable to pay for their medications now without government financial assistance, surely they won't be able to pay with the increase in prices. This is such a ludicrous move. Our health care system is already stretched beyond recognition and continues to face burdens and challenges. So what does Pharma do? Raise prices of already insanely expensive medications, thereby further straining state and federal government funding and our healthcare system.

Please forgive my sarcasm and cynicism. Actions such as these are so unreasonable on so many levels. People are dying from HIV/AIDS needlessly because they are unable to afford their medications. HIV can be treated with medications and people can live long lives -- if they have access to the medications. ADAP provides financial assistance. Now that is being cut. Pharma could decide to put its bottom line aside for a while and assist in this crisis. Yet they respond by increasing prices. This is greedy, outrageous and purely inhumane.

Perhaps a petition will help. Please join us in telling Gilead that raising prices on their HIV/AIDS medications is outright wrong. Urge them to look beyond profit and see the vulnerable people they are hurting by making their already expensive medications completely unobtainable.

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    2. Progress! Pharma Decreases Cost of HIV Medication

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      This cause has been reporting on the ADAP Crisis for months now and most of the news we have shared has been bleak. Today we have some encouraging news.
      AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) provide vital assistance to HIV-positive individuals who...

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    • Brooke Cisneros LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      This is just disgusting.

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    • Brian Hamilton HAMILTON, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you for your decision to raise the price of my medication. I will reach retirement this year and will no longer have drug coverage. I will not be able to pay for your drugs. I will therefore die a slow and painful and needless death. Thank you for being Sarah Palin's "death panel". OH and enjoy your bonuses ! May God forgive you.

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    • James Miller MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Perhaps we should demand laws that allow ADAP and insurance companies to purchase generics from Canada - a country that seems to actually care about the well-being of its citizens. Drugs are supposed to have a 15 year patent protection but we have drugs approaching 30-year monopolies. People are dying. This is an outrage!

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    • Timothy Close BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you for a better tomorrow.

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    • Michael Deighan CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Fat Rich pigsssssssss..you are. And if you only work for this company you are working for criminals.

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