HHS, Pharma Cos. To Offer Streamlined AIDS Patient Assistance

Law360, New York (July 23, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday announced it had partnered with eight pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co. Inc., Abbott Laboratories Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., to create a single application for AIDS medications offered through the drugmakers' patient assistance programs.

Federal health officials said that the Common Patient Assistance Program application — developed with assistance from Merck, Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson and Johnson, Boehringer Ingelheim Corp., Gilead Sciences Inc., Genentech Inc. and ViiV Healthcare Co. — will reduce barriers to lifesaving...
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