Monthly Archives: August 2012

AHF to Take a Leading Role in HIV/AIDS Research

Respected AIDS researcher and clinician Dr. Otto O. Yang, Professor and Associate Chief of Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, to serve as the inaugural Scientific Director The Institute will focus on translating basic science immunology research into human clinical trials. Given the current shortage of funds for research in…

F.D.A. Approves Once-a-Day Pill for H.I.V.

August 27, 2012 By ANDREW POLLACK The New York Times The Food and Drug Administration approved a new once-a-day H.I.V. treatment  from Gilead Sciences that contains four different drugs in one pill. But the price Gilead plans to charge for the new drug — about $28,500 a year — was criticized as excessive by one…

AHF To Sponsor S.F. Ballot Initiative to Counter Gilead Drug Price Gouging

Measure comes on heels of news that Bay Area’s Gilead Sciences priced its newly FDA-approved four-in-one AIDS treatment, Stribild, at $28,500 per patient, per year – 37% more than Gilead’s Atripla – and more than most U.S. AIDS patients earn in a year SAN FRANCISCO (August 29, 2012) – AIDS Healthcare Foundation hosted a press…

Gilead Sciences Faces Pressure to Keep Price Low on New HIV Drug

By: Peter Loftus Dow Jones News Wires August 22, 2012 Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) may get clearance by next week to sell what is expected to become a blockbuster HIV drug, but the company already faces a controversy over how much it will cost. A nonprofit HIV/AIDS advocacy and care organization, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is…

Porn industry calls for temporary shutdown after reported syphilis cases

August 20, 2012 LA Times A Los Angeles-based trade group that represents adult film companies has called for a nationwide moratorium on production while porn performers are tested for syphilis. The Free Speech Coalition issued the call on its website after reporting that one performer had tested positive for syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, and…

AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION ACQUIRES MOMS PHARMACY

Agreement Establishes National Leader in Specialized Pharmacy Services Focused on HIV/AIDS Care LOS ANGELES, CA & MELVILLE, NY (August 20, 2012) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest nonprofit global HIV/AIDS organization, today announced that it has acquired MOMS Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy focused exclusively on providing medications and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS….

L.A. Porn Industry Shuts Down Over Syphilis Outbreak

  AHF Press Conference Monday, August 20th 10am, Hollywood;  Incident shows self-policing and testing alone do not work LOS ANGELES (August 19, 2012)Following news that the multi-billion dollar Los Angeles-based porn industry will be suspending operation for several weeks due to an outbreak of syphilis among adult film performers, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will…

As Gilead prepares to price the ‘Quad,’ 20 California legislators say AIDS drug pricing “unsustainable”

  Twenty Members of the state legislature cosign a letter to Dr. Ron Chapman, Director of California’s Department of Public Health, encouraging the State of California to, “ … employ all the levers of influence and authority that the government possesses, independently and in partnership with other states, to reduce the price of prescription drugs…

AHF asks state health departments & AIDS directors, private insurers to place Gilead’s new ‘Quad’ pill on ‘Prior Authorization’ status

Gilead’s once-daily ‘Quad’ pill—expected to get FDA approval within the next two weeks—is expected to be priced thousands of dollars higher than current drugs purchased by state programs without representing a significant clinical and safety improvement over existing medications In response, advocates from AHF call on state government programs and private insurers to place cost-prohibitive…

Condom Nation Tour Returns to Texas

The Condom Nation” Tour returned to Dallas/Ft. Worth for Radio One 97.9 The Beat’s “HIP HOP for HIV” Concert and testing campaign during which 4500 HIV tests were administered in July and August.  No test?  No ticket. The stage event was a high-powered energetic day of hip hop music performed for those who got tested!…