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October 15, 2010

ViiV Healthcare Expands HIV Drug Access Programs

POZ: "First, the company has promised to extend its co-pay assistance program for two more years. The co-payment program covers the first $100 of a person’s co-payment for each ViiV medication.

"The program will now also be available to people residing in Puerto Rico.

"Second, the company’s PAP will now be available to people with higher incomes than before. Previously, the program was only available to a rather small segment of uninsured people who made just a bit too much to qualify for Medicaid. ViiV is raising the income limit to join the program from 250 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)—about $13,000 per year for a single person—to 500 percent of FPL.

"Third, ViiV has joined, on a pilot basis, a joint program between the nonprofit Welvista organization and the pharmaceutical industry to easily and quickly provide free HIV medications to people on ADAP waiting lists. The Welvista program was built to ensure that these people don’t fall through the cracks and forgo needed ARV treatment."