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HIV (antiretroviral) medicines

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kevinkelleher
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HIV (antiretroviral) medicines
Posted on: February 22 2010, 10:47 pm

Overview

Antiretroviral medicines are used for the treatment of infection by retroviruses, primarily Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

UK AIDS statistics show that at the end of 2007 there were an estimated 77,400 people living with HIV in the UK. In the same year an estimated 7,660 people were newly diagnosed with HIV, and the number is increasing by ten percent a year. Over half the people in the UK with AIDS/HIV live in London.

The total cost of antiretroviral medicines in London was over 150m in 2008/09.

The London Specialised Commissioning Group (LSCG) commissions HIV services across London. The Pharmacy and Medicines Management Team works with LSCG to organise tenders for antiretroviral medicines. The first tender was run in 1999. Tenders are carried out every year. Savings are made by adding together the purchases across London to get volume discounts.
Products

Atazanavir, Darunavir, Truvada, Etravirine, Kaletra, Efavirenz.
Benefits

Forecast savings for 2009/10 are 1.2 million. Other benefits are

    * Releasing resources from the HIV budget for patients who need high cost medicines (triple class resistant) to receive them.
    * Improving contract management
    * Running one procurement for London

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