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Title: HIV Drug Companies make big money off HIV patients
Post by: gafry53 on April 21, 2019, 05:54:42 am
Gilead and the other HIV drug companies make big money off the HIV patients.

Your Doctor also get a kick back from the drug companies so they push the latest

 drugs with highest cost. How many people stop taking there meds because they

  can't afford the cost or are tired of the paper work to get the drugs to keep them

  going?? Will the USA ever become like other nations with lower drug costs?? Or

 will our Politicians fill there pockets with drug money??
Title: Re: HIV Drug Companies make big money off HIV patients
Post by: Jim Allen on April 21, 2019, 11:41:41 am
Companies make profit, same for many classes of drugs. They do in other nations as well now if USA healthcare will change i don't know.

Jim
Title: Re: HIV Drug Companies make big money off HIV patients
Post by: leatherman on April 21, 2019, 08:29:18 pm
are tired of the paper work to get the drugs to keep them
worst excuse ever.  >:(  if consumers can't do a little paperwork to get free (or reduced/subsidized) life-saving medications (not just any ol' meds, but life-saving meds!), then they don't deserve them. While I certainly understand that pharmaceutical companies overcharge for medications (and it ain't just ARVs; it's everything. ugh) and this is a problem that absolutely needs to be addressed, these are modern times and everyone has to do some sort of paperwork to get access to any healthcare and meds (no matter the cost of production or retail price to the consumer)

here in the two states (N and S Carolinas) where I volunteer with the Ryan White programs, there's probably a 15% ADAP recertification problem every 6 months. For the lack of a signature or for not returning the form on time, case managers then have to use valuable time to track down clients and work with the state RW ADAP department to correct/update the paperwork to ensure meds refills aren't late or missed. That's a lot of extra work, staff wages, and effort just because some people think it's "too hard" to sign a paper and return it on time to get their free or subsidized medications.
Title: Re: HIV Drug Companies make big money off HIV patients
Post by: bocker3 on April 22, 2019, 06:45:29 am
Your Doctor also get a kick back from the drug companies so they push the latest
 drugs with highest cost.

Yes, drug prices in the USA are way too high and our leaders should be addressing it.  However, I can't let this statement stand as it is way to big of a generalization. 

NOT ALL DOCTOR's push their patients into newer, more expensive meds.  I've talked with mine a few times about changing (I bring it up, not him).  We both agree that staying on my initial drugs (from 2005 and 2006) is the right thing for me.  With one exception, I switched from Truvada to Descovy for my kidneys' and bones' sake, I am now taking generics.  That is generic sustiva, reyataz and norvir.
So -- again -- not all doctors are lining their pockets from the Rx companies as you say.

Mike