Gilead Sciences (GLD) has a new pill that can be used by peole who are HIV negative to ward off the virus that causes AIDS. But there’s a catch: big time sticker shock.
(Bloomberg) — Truvada is safe and effective enough as a preventative medicine, Food and Drug Administration staff concluded in a report yesterday. An advisory panel recommendation for approval, set for debate tomorrow, hinges on who would get the pill and whether patients can be educated on the importance of following through with a prescription.
Doctors say the idea is to get healthy individuals in certain high-risk groups to take a $14,000-a-year pill every day to reduce the estimated 48,000 new U.S. cases of HIV each year. Some advocates say such a medicine to prevent the virus that can be avoided with condoms may encourage unprotected sex and increase infections.
I can see how that might work script vs insurance wise for someone whose partner has HIV, but how the hell is it going to work for anyone else in a nation run by sociopathic moral scolds? Prospective customer goes to doctor and tells them they might have sex regularly (Gasp!), so prescribe this incredibly expensive drug that must be taken everyday for as long as they are sexually active? Yeah, the HMOs will love that almost as much as the religious rightards …