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Offline virgo313

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Buying drugs malaysia
« on: June 12, 2017, 04:31:11 pm »
Salam,
"Banyak orang kampung sini" :) :)

I am currently on free med (1st line). Question please. Thanks

1) How do you tell Dr that you would like to try different Meds (cost from own pockets?
2) Where do you buy them in Malaysia?
3) If one is not taking subsidized drugs, do they still go to our "resort" (Sg Buloh Hospital) every 6 months or so?

Thanks
RVD Nov 2015. VL --> Log 5.32 HAART on 23/11/15
TDF+FTC+EFV / Chemo KS - 25/11/15 - 20/01/16.
CD4 - 4 (3/11/15) / VL - 225,000   ~ CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD
CD4 - 153 (8/09/16) / VL - UD (20) / CD4% -6%   ~   CD4 - 215 (11/03/17) / VL - No Result / CD4% -8%
CD4 - No Result (10/04/17) / VL - UD (20)   ~   CD4 - 455 (11/05/18) / VL - UD / CD4% -14%
CD4 + CD4% (18/10/18) - Dr not going to  do this anymore / VL - To test only yearly. This Sucks..!
CD4 - 472 (10/04/19) / VL - UD / CD4% - 42%

Offline terrymoore

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 02:24:35 pm »
Hi, i am not sure about MY, but if you can make it to BKK (Airasia has multiple very cheap flights daily) then you can buy 6 months worth at the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic.
You will need to bring a prescription written in English.  The meds available and the prices can be found here: adamslove.org/en-d.php?id=73
Good luck!
« Last Edit: April 22, 2020, 02:02:44 pm by iana5252 »

Offline virgo313

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 06:00:13 pm »
Hi Terry,

Thanks. Yes, i am aware that we can buy meds from at BKK.

I was reading this post that have Malaysian taking combination of generic Truvada + Tivicay. Basically government will dispense free generic Truvada & they have to fork out cost for Tivicay from their own pocket. (don't think Dolutegravir is available from Red cross BKK).

So, i am wondering how & where they buy Tivicay (Dolutegravir). I think all Poz in MY visit the same hospital (if they are staying at KL).
As Tivicay is not the 1st line regime, government hospital will not be offering them for free. So, i am wondering if our hospital do sell them or not?

Not intending to change my current regime but just exploring options in case can afford "newer" meds in future. Also like to know as they mention Tivicay is expensive but as in how much it cost.

Wondering also since we are getting free Dr appointment/treatment, not sure if by travelling to BKK to buy meds, will government still look after us for free or not... (i mean they need to have record to monitor the dispensing of meds)

Anyway, i am happy with current regime. Just like to know more on how other poz  in MY going through (taking meds thats are not free) Dont think any Insurance company covers HIV in Msia.  Thanks 
RVD Nov 2015. VL --> Log 5.32 HAART on 23/11/15
TDF+FTC+EFV / Chemo KS - 25/11/15 - 20/01/16.
CD4 - 4 (3/11/15) / VL - 225,000   ~ CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD
CD4 - 153 (8/09/16) / VL - UD (20) / CD4% -6%   ~   CD4 - 215 (11/03/17) / VL - No Result / CD4% -8%
CD4 - No Result (10/04/17) / VL - UD (20)   ~   CD4 - 455 (11/05/18) / VL - UD / CD4% -14%
CD4 + CD4% (18/10/18) - Dr not going to  do this anymore / VL - To test only yearly. This Sucks..!
CD4 - 472 (10/04/19) / VL - UD / CD4% - 42%

Offline virgo313

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 12:54:41 pm »
Sorry, i was wrong. Just read that Tivicay is available in Thailand. Thanks
RVD Nov 2015. VL --> Log 5.32 HAART on 23/11/15
TDF+FTC+EFV / Chemo KS - 25/11/15 - 20/01/16.
CD4 - 4 (3/11/15) / VL - 225,000   ~ CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD
CD4 - 153 (8/09/16) / VL - UD (20) / CD4% -6%   ~   CD4 - 215 (11/03/17) / VL - No Result / CD4% -8%
CD4 - No Result (10/04/17) / VL - UD (20)   ~   CD4 - 455 (11/05/18) / VL - UD / CD4% -14%
CD4 + CD4% (18/10/18) - Dr not going to  do this anymore / VL - To test only yearly. This Sucks..!
CD4 - 472 (10/04/19) / VL - UD / CD4% - 42%

Offline spikey

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2017, 09:49:08 am »
Salam,
"Banyak orang kampung sini" :) :)

I am currently on free med (1st line). Question please. Thanks

1) How do you tell Dr that you would like to try different Meds (cost from own pockets?
2) Where do you buy them in Malaysia?
3) If one is not taking subsidized drugs, do they still go to our "resort" (Sg Buloh Hospital) every 6 months or so?

Thanks

"Memang banyak"

1) I told  my doctor I can't stand Efavirenz. I had efavirenz - neuropsychiatric side effects. It was awful.
I also refused to take Combivir because it contains AZT. I participate in endurance sports and Combivir gave me heart palpitations.

2) Few pharmacies in town sell HIV meds such as Standard pharmacy . My doctor hooked me up with a pharmacy that supply brand name Tivicay at discounted price.

3) I am still going to "the resort" to collect free generic Truvada every month and to do my labs twice a year. If you are buying your own meds you are also eligible for free labs and consultation.


18-01-16-DX
24-02-16 CD4 104 VL 1.04 M
25-02-16 Prophylaxis
09-03-16 COMBIVIR+SUSTIVA
11-08-16 CD4 335 VL 53
24-10-16 COMBIVIR+TIVICAY
10-01-17 TRUVADA +TIVICAY
00-02-17 CD4 336 VL -UD
08-01-18 CD4 667 VL -UD
04-06-18 CD4 705 VL
06-08-18 TIVICAY+DESCOVY
17-06-19 CD4 740

Offline virgo313

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2017, 01:29:16 pm »
Hi Spikey,

Thank you very much. Information very useful to know.

Also just to advise that i now collect my med from Ampang Hospital which is very close to my house & do not need to travel all the way to Sg Buloh. If you do not stay near there, you can collect at any of the other hospital near your house.

Basically, Dr will dispense 6 months of meds every time & we visit them. then the 1st round will need to collect at Sg Buloh. After collecting the 1st month supply, you will just need to tell them where you want to collect the remaining 5 months of supply & they will just issue "a paper" to you that will state which hospital you want to go to collect the balance supply. I find this useful as i live south of KL & do not need to travel to Sg Buloh just to collect med. Thanks
RVD Nov 2015. VL --> Log 5.32 HAART on 23/11/15
TDF+FTC+EFV / Chemo KS - 25/11/15 - 20/01/16.
CD4 - 4 (3/11/15) / VL - 225,000   ~ CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD
CD4 - 153 (8/09/16) / VL - UD (20) / CD4% -6%   ~   CD4 - 215 (11/03/17) / VL - No Result / CD4% -8%
CD4 - No Result (10/04/17) / VL - UD (20)   ~   CD4 - 455 (11/05/18) / VL - UD / CD4% -14%
CD4 + CD4% (18/10/18) - Dr not going to  do this anymore / VL - To test only yearly. This Sucks..!
CD4 - 472 (10/04/19) / VL - UD / CD4% - 42%

Offline kepongPoz

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2018, 03:20:38 pm »
"Memang banyak"

2) Few pharmacies in town sell HIV meds such as Standard pharmacy . My doctor hooked me up with a pharmacy that supply brand name Tivicay at discounted price.


Hi Spikey,

I hope you read this and replied still. Just got back from HSB earlier today and doc is prescribing me dolutegravir and truvada. Just like you I will have to buy dolutegravir on my own while truvada is available for free. Do you mind telling me where do u get yours?

Also, I read that now some neighbouring countries like India,Vietnam and Indonesia are allowed to produce generic version of this drug is there any way to get them from KL?

Appreciate your help. I hope all is well with you xo

Offline idtapdat

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2020, 10:52:18 am »
Hi Spikey,

I hope you read this and replied still. Just got back from HSB earlier today and doc is prescribing me dolutegravir and truvada. Just like you I will have to buy dolutegravir on my own while truvada is available for free. Do you mind telling me where do u get yours?

Also, I read that now some neighbouring countries like India,Vietnam and Indonesia are allowed to produce generic version of this drug is there any way to get them from KL?

Appreciate your help. I hope all is well with you xo

The last post was so long ago, and I know you were hoping to get a reply from Spikey, but I can say I too get my ARVs, generic Truvada (Tenof-EM) & Tivicay (dolutegravir) from Standard Pharmacy, which is located at Jalan Pahang, across from Hospital KL.

Hope you were able to get the answer you were looking for back then.

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Re: Buying drugs malaysia
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2020, 11:13:33 am »
@idtapdat

Welcome to the forum, as a new member of the HIV community can you please open an introduction thread and introduce yourself to the forum. I presume you are living with HIV? So let us know how are you doing, how the treatment is going etc.  It's standard for new members.

Thank you.
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