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Trump Administration Secures Historic Donation of HIV Preventing Drugs

Just when you thought the Administration couldn’t win anymore, wait, there’s more.

Today the Secretary of The Department of Health and Human Services made the big announcement via social media.

“I’m pleased to announce that as a result of discussions between the Trump Administration and Gilead Sciences, Inc., Gilead has agreed to make a historic donation of #HIV prevention medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.”

“The agreement will provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to treat individuals who are at risk for HIV and who are uninsured, including in the states and counties identified as priority areas in @POTUS’s plan to #EndHIVEpidemic in America.”

Under @POTUS’s leadership, @HHSgov worked with Gilead to secure preventative medication for uninsured individuals at risk for #HIV who might otherwise not be able to access or afford this important treatment.

“The majority of Americans who are at risk and who could protect themselves with PrEP are still not receiving the medication. This agreement will help close that gap substantially and deliver on @POTUS’s promise to #EndHIVEpidemic in America.”

President Trump also weighed in on the historic win for his administration and the American people.

“Great news today: My Administration just secured a historic donation of HIV prevention drugs from Gilead to help expand access to PrEP for the uninsured and those at risk. Will help us achieve our goal of ending the HIV epidemic in America!”

You can read the full press release from the DHS website below.

Trump Administration Secures Historic Donation of Billions of Dollars in HIV Prevention Drugs

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II announced today that, as a result of discussions between the Trump Administration and Gilead Sciences, Inc., the pharmaceutical company has agreed to donate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.  PrEP is used to reduce the risk of HIV infection in individuals who are at higher risk for HIV. It has been shown to reduce the risk of new infection by up to 97 percent when taken consistently.

The agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Gilead will last until at least December 31, 2025 and possibly through December 31, 2030, and will provide medication to treat individuals who are at risk for HIV and who are uninsured. This donation will deliver Gilead’s PrEP medication Truvada, which currently carries a list price of more than $20,000 per patient per year, to up to 200,000 people per year, including in the states and counties identified as priority areas in the Trump Administration plan – PDF to end the HIV epidemic in America.

Gilead will donate Truvada until its second-generation HIV preventative medication, Descovy, becomes available.  At that time, Gilead will donate Descovy.  The agreement would end after 11 years, or when a generic version of Descovy becomes commercially available, whichever comes first. The government has agreed to cover costs associated with distributing the drugs.

Secretary Azar issued the following statement regarding the finalized agreement:

“Securing this commitment is a major step in the Trump Administration’s efforts to use the prevention and treatment tools we have to end the HIV epidemic in America by 2030. Under President Trump’s leadership, HHS worked with Gilead to secure preventative medication for individuals who might otherwise not be able to access or afford this important treatment. The majority of Americans who are at risk and who could protect themselves with PrEP are still not receiving the medication. This agreement will help close that gap substantially and deliver on President Trump’s promise to end the HIV epidemic in America.”

Additional Background:

In his State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump announced his Administration’s goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. To achieve this goal and address the ongoing public health crisis of HIV, the initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America will leverage the powerful data and tools now available to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by 75 percent in five years and by 90 percent by 2030. In his FY 2020 Budget, President Trump proposed historic new funding dedicated specifically to this initiative.

To read the HHS’s statement on FY2020 Budget proposal for ending the HIV epidemic In America, please visit: 
https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/03/11/statement-on-fy2020-budget-proposal-for-ending-the-hiv-epidemic-in-america.html

For more information, please visit: 
https://www.hiv.gov/

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