Cost of HIV drugs has surged by 35% since 2012

Cost of HIV drugs has surged by 35% since 2012 as Big Pharma cashes in on yearly price hikes - putting 's pledge to end HIV in the US at risk In 2012, antiretroviral drugs cost between $24,970 and $35,160 in the US By 2018, costs had increased to $36,080 and $48,000 and they were the fifth most expensive drug class in the US  President Donald has set a goal to reduce new annual infections by 90% by 2030  Experts from Massachusetts General Hospital say that will require an extra $35.6 billion in health care spending

By Natalie Rahhal Acting Us Health Editor

Published: 16:44 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 16:44 GMT, 3 February 2020

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The cost of HIV medications in the US has surged by 35 percent since 2012, a new study finds. 

What's more, the price hikes have exceeded that rise in inflation by 3.5-fold, according to research from Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Poverty was identified as a leading risk factor for HIV by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, meaning that people with low incomes are at greater risk for the condition, and less likely to be able to afford drugs to suppress it.  

Getting more people treatment for HIV means less risk of transmission and better chances to meet the administration's goal of all but ending HIV in the US by 2030 - but the new study's authors suggest it will require more financial support. 

Prices of the most commonly used antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV have increased year after year since 2012, surging by 2018, a new study found

Prices of the most commonly used antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV have increased year after year since 2012, surging by 2018, a new study found 

Addressing the cost of insurance and health care - including drugs - was a top priority for former President Barack Obama while he was in office. 

Lowering drug prices and fighting Big Pharma companies were chief among President Donald 's campaign promises in 2016. 

Still, health care and medication pricing remain hot button topics in the debates and platforms of candidates running in the 2020 presidential election. 

It's not just for people who have HIV for whom drugs are

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