"We hope this decision by Publix will inspire other large employers to think seriously about ensuring that their health plans address all employees' needs".
"Some of our friends and associates through Polk Pride are on or want to be on PrEP, and some of them do work at Publix, so it was a big issue hitting close to home", he explained. We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change as quickly as possible.
HRC's senior vice president for programs Mary Beth Maxwell is encouraged by Publix change of mind about Truvada, "It is a positive step forward that an employer as large as Publix will now offer PrEP to its employees as part of their health care coverage".
- Publix (@Publix) February 6, 2018...possible.
Truvada can now cost up to $10,000 a year but a PBS listing is expected to bring the price to below $500 a year, meaning thousands of at-risk individuals, including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and sex workers, will have greater access to the drug. "We've started over 400 people on PrEP at our clinic alone, and this is the only person that we weren't able to get PrEP for", Holland said...
Publix Supermarkets has come under recent scrutiny for their failure to include HIV preventative drugs in their employee's health plans.
"We applaud Publix for listening to the community, especially since they are headquartered in Florida, the state that leads the nation in new HIV transmissions", said Nadine Smith, executive director with Equality Florida.
Though it was not disclosed whether the Publix employee identified as LGBTQ, some outlets speculated that the company was discriminating against gay and bisexual men, who remain disproportionately susceptible to HIV infection, by refusing to cover PrEP.
This is very good news.
"In deciding to fund PrEP, PHARMAC has endorsed a key part of NZAF's strategic plan - seeing PrEP as a safe and effective way of preventing HIV transmission during sex, and one that could make a huge impact on the number of new HIV diagnoses in NZ - which was at its highest ever in 2016", says Dr Myers.