Protease inhibitors have been found to work well for some AIDS patients, but the
Protease inhibitors have been found to work well for some AIDS patients, but the drugs can cost as much as $20,000 annually. Medicaid covers the drugs, but those who don't qualify or who lack adequate insurance are not receiving the treatment that is available. Maine has an AIDS drug assistance program, but is only able to provide protease inhibitors to 12 of the 45 people enrolled in the program. Dr. Owen Pickus, who treats many of Portland's AIDS patients, said it would be cheaper for society to spend the money for the drugs, compared to the $250,000 to $500,000 each AIDS death costs the health care system. Details, related articles.
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