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Under the new program, HIV/AIDS patients' insurance policies will no longer cover medications purchased at local pharmacies. These patients will instead be required to purchase their prescription drugs from a mail order pharmacy, while
The change is discriminatory under state civil rights law and potentially devastating for HIV/AIDS patients. Many rely on their local pharmacist who, working directly with the patients, can monitor potentially life-threatening adverse drug interactions. Blue Cross's change will also cause consumers to lose access to drug discounts available only at retail pharmacies, which save patients thousands of dollars each year.
Pharmacists also provide essential advice and counseling that help HIV/AIDS patients and their families navigate the challenges of living with a chronic and often debilitating condition. Additionally, the time lag associated with mail order medication could be life-threatening.
In the lawsuit,
"In addition to the potentially serious health consequences of the Program . . . Class members' fundamental and inalienable right to privacy is also threatened. Under the Program, HIV/AIDS medications will be, in many instances, delivered to a home or business. Neighbors and co-workers, who do not know that the recipient has HIV/AIDS, would quickly realize that the recipient is suffering from a serious ailment."
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