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Louisiana has long waiting list for HIV drugs
  01/02/12 4:01 AM
The Associated Press
Louisiana has one of the longest waiting lists in the nation for people wanting to receive medication through a program that helps people who are HIV positive. The Advocate reports that Louisiana's waiting list trails only Florida, Virginia and Georgia in the number of people waiting to receive medication through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. ADAP leverages state and federal funds to help those who are HIV positive and who do not have private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.
As of Dec. 21, Louisiana had 596 people on a waiting list, according to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, or NASTAD, which tracks ADAP waiting lists.
Those on the list rely on drug companies' patient assistance programs for their expensive medication. Others could be doing without entirely.
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