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Author Topic: Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force  (Read 1465 times)

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Offline J.R.E.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force
« on: August 15, 2010, 03:45:10 AM »

Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force Announce Enhanced, Multi-year Support For AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) In The United States
Main Category: HIV / AIDS
Also Included In: Preventive Medicine;  Pharma Industry / Biotech Industry;  Aid / Disasters
Article Date: 14 Aug 2010 - 2:00 PDT

Current Article Ratings:

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) and the ADAP Crisis Task Force (ACTF) announced an enhanced agreement to support the efforts of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) to provide antiretroviral medicines to people living with HIV and AIDS. Building on an agreement signed in March of 2010, today's announcement marks a multi-year enhancement to assist ADAPs in meeting the challenges of increasing patient case loads and strained government funding.

Bristol-Myers Squibb has worked with the ACTF since its inception in 2002 to help ensure access to HIV medications, such as REYATAZ® (atazanavir) and SUSTIVA® (efavirenz).

"AIDS Drug Assistance Programs are a critical safety net to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS who have no other resources can continue to receive the HIV treatments they need," said Dwayne Haught, spokesperson for the ADAP Crisis Task Force. "We commend Bristol-Myers Squibb for responding to the unprecedented need faced by state ADAPs to provide access to HIV medicines and enhance our March agreement by providing additional support. Our long working relationship with Bristol-Myers Squibb made this agreement possible."

"Ensuring access to treatment for HIV and AIDS requires the commitment and participation of government, industry and the community," said Lynda Dee of AIDS Action Baltimore and member of the Fair Pricing Coalition. "The Fair Pricing Coalition is pleased that Bristol-Myers Squibb continues to be a committed partner in meeting the needs of the HIV community."

"Bristol-Myers Squibb has a longstanding commitment to HIV and AIDS," said Raymond Sacchetti, senior vice president, U.S. Virology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "We are proud to support the ADAP Crisis Task Force and applaud their ongoing efforts in working with state and federal officials to secure the funding needed to appropriately meet this challenging public health need."

In addition to enhancing the agreement with ACTF, Bristol-Myers Squibb offers people living with HIV/AIDS multiple ways to obtain medicine at reduced or no cost to the patient through the Bristol-Myers Squibb "Access Virology" program. Working directly with patients in need of assistance, the Access Virology program evaluates a person's eligibility for multiple prescription assistance programs that are offered, including:

Patient Assistance Program (PAP) provides:

-- Free Bristol-Myers Squibb HIV medicines to eligible patients based on medical and financial needs

-- "Fast tracking" of patients currently on an ADAP waiting list through accelerated advancement of their applications

-- A streamlined application process and eligibility criteria to help patients applying for medicine access

REYATAZ® (atazanavir) and SUSTIVA® (efavirenz) Co-pay Benefit Program:

-- Designed for eligible patients with commercial insurance coverage

-- Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay the first $200/month ($2,400/year) of an eligible patient's out-of-pocket co-pay costs for up to one year

Bristol-Myers Squibb also participates in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance and Together Rx Access®. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is an innovative program that helps connect patients with no prescription drug coverage to both public and private patient assistance programs. Together Rx Access® offers eligible patients discounts for prescription medicines.

Additionally, Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC, have recently enhanced the ATRIPLA® (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate [DF] 300 mg) Co-Pay Assistance Program to cover up to the first $200 per month (or $2,400 per year) of related out-of-pocket expenses for commercially insured patients that have been prescribed ATRIPLA.

Source: Bristol-Myers Squibb

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 4/1/15,  t-cells are at 437,   Viral load remains <40

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Offline leatherman

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Re: Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2010, 08:58:56 AM »
thanks for that news! ;)
it's good to hear that there'll  be more help with more of the meds. In these days with the ADAP problems across the country, every little bit is sure to help. ;D
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2010, 04:17:30 PM »
Yes this is good news,as leather says every little bit helps.

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11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir

Offline BlueMoon

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Re: Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2010, 05:14:16 PM »
Yes this is good news,as leather says every little bit helps.


It can be more than a little bit.  When I was dropped from ADAP last month I was facing crushing copays; $711 a month, or about $630 if I bought 90-day supplies by mail.  The assistance from the four manufacturers of my regimen brought it down to $62 a month.  I can get it down to $30 if I use mail-order, but Medco by Mail doesn't accept the cards, so I would have to pay up front and then get reimbursed by the manufacturers (which they do).  Right now it's worth the extra $32 a month to not have to deal with the extra paperwork, and Medco by Mail in general.   ::)

It's good to see the manufacturers step up, even if it's only to protect their market shares.  I still look forward to the day when patients don't have to beg for the money to stay alive.

08/10-- ......<40.....290.....42
05/10-- ......<48.....290.....46
02/10-- ......<48.....481.....44
10/09-- ......<48.....277.....46
07/09-- ......<48.....300.....38
05/09-- ........51.....449.....39
03/09-- Added Isentress
02/09-- ........65.....299.....34
11/08-- ........62.....242.....40
08/08-- ........66.....212.....29
05/08-- ......202.....217.....27
03/08-- ....5210.....187.....21
02/08-- Began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
10/07-- Diagnosis

It's a complex world.

Offline leatherman

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Re: Bristol-Myers Squibb And ADAP Crisis Task Force
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2010, 12:03:04 AM »
I still look forward to the day when patients don't have to beg for the money to stay alive.
Amen brother! ;)
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada


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