April 6, 2004
Picking Up Slack
Some HIV/AIDS advocates in Colorado say that insufficient funding for the state's ADAP is "fomenting a domestic crisis" in drug access, according to the Post. Some HIV/AIDS advocates say that the "makeshift system of charity and drug company" programs and "clandestine drug exchanges" that was "cobbled together to pick up where ADAP has left off is strained to a near-breaking point," according to the Post. "Clinics and [other facilities providing HIV/AIDS treatment] have been picking up the tab, but they can't sustain that," Maloney said, adding, "We're going to see that money run out, and the more the waiting list grows and the more different facilities lose their funding -- we're going to see that opportunity go away. And that's going to lead to more death and more need." Scott Barnette, head of the Colorado ADAP at the state Department of Public Health and Environment, said that most patients on the ADAP waiting list "are getting their medications through a variety of different sources," including pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs, the Colorado Indigent Care Program and other AIDS service organizations, as their funding will allow. However, he added, "All these are not long-term solutions" (Denver Post, 4/4).
MPR's "Marketplace Morning Report" on Tuesday reported an International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care summit on HIV/AIDS drug access and treatment issues. The segment includes comments from IAPAC President and CEO Jose Zuniga (Wicai, "Marketplace Morning Report," MPR, 4/6). The complete segment will be available online in RealPlayer after the broadcast.
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