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ViiV Healthcare Responds to Growing ADAP Patient Waiting Lists
 
 
  ViiV Healthcare would like to inform people that the company has a patient assistance program that can assist many patients in accessing the HIV medicines of ViiV Healthcare while they are on waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). Patients who are accepted to ADAPs are uninsured, underserved, and often learn of their HIV diagnosis at a late stage of their disease. For patients who are diagnosed with late stage disease and recommended for treatment, timely access to medicines is critical, and delays can lead to the development of life-threatening opportunistic infections.
 
The current economy and rising HIV infection rates have resulted in growing waiting lists for state ADAPs. As a result, patients with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis are waiting for access to life-saving medicines that may also reduce medical costs associated with uncontrolled HIV disease. According to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), as of March 5, 2010, there were 662 individuals on ADAP waiting lists in ten states.
 
ViiV Healthcare believes that access to healthcare among economically disadvantaged populations, both at home and abroad, is one of the world's most pressing social challenges. Along with the HIV community, state and local government, and others, we are committed to increasing access to care.
 
Through Bridges to Access, ViiV Healthcare offers assistance to patients with a monthly household income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level who do not have prescription drug benefits through any insurer, payer, or program. Patients on ADAP waiting lists are considered uninsured for purposes of determining eligibility for the patient assistance program. ViiV Healthcare expects that the majority of ADAP clients on waiting lists will have incomes that will allow them to qualify for help through Bridges to Access. Individuals can find out if they qualify by visiting www.bridgestoaccess.com or by contacting ViiV Healthcare at 877-844-8872.
 
ViiV Healthcare believes it is critical to inform people about access to HIV medicines through patient assistance programs like Bridges to Access. We will work alongside NASTAD and other groups to ensure patients, case workers, and others involved in assisting those on ADAP waiting lists are aware that our program is available. Information about the eligibility requirements for other patient assistance programs can be found by contacting the Partnership for Prescription Assistance at 1-877-477-2669 or by visiting www.PPARx.com.
 
 
 
 
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