Anti-HIV medications are expensive. Over the course of a year, just one will cost thousands – some over $10,000 – and more than one is needed to treat people with AIDS. These high prices put an unbearable strain on cash-strapped AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, limiting access to lifesaving treatment for those most in need.
Top drug companies are well-compensated for their medical research and development. In 2010, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Merck each reported over $10 billion in profits. Meanwhile, their markups on HIV meds put patients at risk.
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