ADAP Crisis Task Force Announces Groundbreaking Agreement with AbbVie for Hepatitis C Treatment Viekira Pak™

ADAP Crisis Task Force Announces Groundbreaking Agreement with AbbVie for Hepatitis C Treatment Viekira Pak 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Britten Pund
202-434-8090
bpund@NASTAD.org

AbbVieJanuary 15, 2015, Washington, DC – The ADAP Crisis Task Force (Task Force) has reached a new pricing agreement between AbbVie and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) for Viekira Pak (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablets; dasabuvir tablets) for the treatment of hepatitis C (HCV). AbbVie is the first company to offer a discount on the ADAP price of an HCV medication in the era of new curative HCV treatments. The agreed-upon ADAP price for Viekira Pak, negotiated between the Task Force and AbbVie, reflects voluntary discounts and rebates that are significantly lower than the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC).  While many ADAPs may not be able to add Viekira Pak to their formularies due to fiscal constraints, this agreement recognizes the importance of access to hepatitis C medications for people living with HIV and demonstrates good faith that access at a discounted price may lead to formulary inclusion. ADAPs make individual decisions about adding new medications to their formularies. Continue reading

NASTAD at NAESM 2015

By Drew Daniels, Manager, Communications, NASTAD

NASTAD is excited to announce that we will be in attendance at the 2015 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities. The conference is sponsored by National AIDS & Education Service for Minorities (NAESM), and focuses on how to address health equity and utilize social justice in order to meet the challenge of improving Black gay men’s health. The theme for this year’s conference is “Leading the Movement: Pursuing Health Equity through Social Justice.”

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Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates and key takeaways from the conference. Stay tuned to our blog for select program highlights after the conference as well.

Sessions and Seminars
We’re excited to have representatives from NASTAD and members of our advisory panel from Center for Engaging Black MSM Across the Care Continuum (CEBACC) present during the conference. If you’re in attendance, please be sure to attend one of the sessions:

Making it Reel: A Guide to Creating an Effective and Remarkable Personal Narrative
Blake Rowley & Patrick Ingram
Thursday, January 15 at 8:30 – 11:30 PM
Room: Narita

Creating a Powerful Black Gay Lobby 
Justin Rush
Thursday, January 15 at 8:30 – 11:30 PM
Room: Davinci II

AIDS.gov Institute
What’s Going on Online with Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): How Black MSM are Using Social Media
Meico Whitlock
Thursday, January 15 at 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Room: Templehoff

The Provocative Professor: Pornography as a tool for sex education and maintaining HIV-negative status among Young Black Men who have sex with men
Dr. Mitchell Wharton
Friday, January 16 at 10:15 – 11:45 AM
Room: Concourse A

Strengths and Deficits: Measuring HIV Knowledge and Young Black MSM
Dr. Mitchell Wharton
Saturday, January 17 at 10:15 – 11:45 AM
Room: Narita

Additional information about the conference and special events can be found here.

The Unspoken Legacy of Governor Mario M. Cuomo

By Julie M. Scofield, Executive Director, NASTAD

Former Governor Mario CuomoWhile some may choose to remember former Governor Mario M. Cuomo for the two chartered airplanes on the tarmac in December 1991 and a legacy lacking a signature initiative, I choose to remember the late Governor for setting the stage for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State.” What has yet to be said in the news of Governor Cuomo’s passing is that in addition to a recession and divided legislature, Governor Mario M. Cuomo led New York State at the height of the AIDS epidemic when there was very little to offer those who were sick and dying rapidly. In 1983 when Governor Cuomo took office very little was known about AIDS – the case definition had just come out in September of 1982. By the end of Governor Cuomo’s first year in office, New York State had 1,373 cumulative cases of AIDS, 44.8% of the national total reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by that time. Continue reading

Year in Review: Top Blog Series

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

As we prepare to close out the year, we at NASTAD are looking back at some of the stories and content that generated the most interest on website and blog in 2014. We encourage you to revisit these stories and share the information as you prepare your jurisdiction or organization for the New Year. Continue reading

Year in Review: Top 10 Health Department HIV Program Resources for 2014

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

NASTAD LogoAs we prepare to close out the year, we at NASTAD are looking back at some of the stories and content that generated the most interest on our website and blog in 2014. We encourage you to revisit these stories and share the information as you prepare your jurisdiction or organization for the New Year. Continue reading