Monthly Archives: October 2015

AHF to Submit 550,000 Signatures for 2016 Drug Pricing Ballot Measure in California

Group will file 550K signatures throughout California by November 2nd deadline, far more than the 365,880 signatures needed to qualify measure for November 2016 California ballot; AHF is also mounting similar drug pricing measure in Ohio for 2016. California Drug Price Relief Act will require state officials to pay no more for prescription drugs than…

Reuters: Signatures to be filed for California drug price referendum

From: Reuters Backers of a referendum aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs in California said Wednesday that they had gathered more than enough signatures to place their measure on the November, 2016, ballot in the most populous U.S. state. The measure by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation would require the state to pay no…

AHF Challenges HRSA on Changes to 340B Program

Health Resources and Services Administration’s proposed ‘Mega-Guidance’ for 340B drug program is “…solution in search of a problem,” says AHF in formal comments filed with HRSA to oppose changes. The 340B discount drug program requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at significantly reduced prices. 340B enables covered entities…

AHF Rolls Out National TV Ad Campaign to Preserve 340B Discount Drug Program

As new ad campaign to save 340B program rolls out in eight media markets around the US, advocates cite Harris Poll showing only 1 in 10 Americans think the drug industry is “…honest and trustworthy.” The 340B discount drug program requires drug drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at…

AHF Commends SCRUFF Mobile Dating App For Free STD Testing Ads

LOS ANGELES (October 22, 2015) — Following the explosion of international media attention on a provocative Los Angeles billboard campaign launched in September by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to draw attention to the risk of mobile dating app users contracting STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia, the organization applauded SCRUFF, one of the largest location-based dating…

AIDS Advocates to Protest Phrma’s Moves to Gut 340B Drug Program

DC Protest & Media Availability, Thurs. Oct. 22nd 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 340B discount drug program, which provides drug price discounts to safety net providers that care for large numbers of uninsured and vulnerable patients, is once again under assault from the industry, despite the fact that 340B represents only 2% of all drug…

AHF Calls on President Obama to Withdraw Dr. Robert Califf as Nominee to Head FDA

AHF previously criticized Califf as “Too Close for Comfort” to drug industry. News today from Intercept.com reports that Califf, “…previously directed a business that specializes in helping health care companies hire faculty members and other academic researchers to influence regulatory decisions.” AHF says Dr. Califf was, “… pimping for the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to avoid regulation.”…

AHF Backs Sen. Sanders’ Call on US & World Trade Organization to Back Waiver of Drug Patents in Poor Countries

As World Trade Organization meets in Geneva this week, AHF lauds Senator Bernie Sanders for letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to “…request the administration endorse an indefinite waiver of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) obligations to grant and enforce pharmaceutical patents for countries classified by the UN as LDCs (Least Developed Countries).” WASHINGTON…

AHF Donates Condoms to India Sex Workers

In light of the recent condom stock-out crisis in India, AHF India Cares donated 100,000 condoms to the Delhi State AIDS Control Society (DSACS) and the National AIDS Control Organization, for distribution to sex workers in one of Delhi’s largest brothel areas on the GB Road. The donation addressed condom stock-outs in red light areas and…

World Bank Protest in Peru

On the heels of the World Bank protest in Washington, DC, over 100 people from AHF and partner organizations staged two demonstrations in Lima, Peru on Oct. 7 during the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group. The demonstrators—wielding picket signs and globe-shaped balloons—called on World Bank President Dr. Jim…