B.C. residents at risk of contracting HIV turn to online buyer's club to afford pricey lifesaving drug (Dr. Mark Hull)
B.C. residents at risk of contracting HIV. are turning to an online buyer's club to help them afford an anti-HIV drug that costs $1,000 a month and isn't covered by the provincial drug plan.
“It's ridiculous we have to go to these lengths,” said Matt Appleton, 33. “It's a workaround.”
Dr. Mark Hull at St. Paul's Immunodeficiency Clinic says data suggests roughly 100 people of the 300 to 500 in B.C. using PrEP, are using the site to source generics, although there's no formal tracking underway.
Scott Hibbard reports
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer