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AIDS Action Committee Announces Opening of New Drop-In Center and Specialty HIV MOMS Pharmacy

Last Updated: February 22, 2012
Media Contact: Susan Ryan-Vollmar – sryan@aac.org | 617.999.5644

BOSTON, FEBRUARY 21, 2012—AIDS Action announces today that it has opened a drop-in center and an onsite MOMS specialty HIV pharmacy at its Amory Street location in Jackson Square. Both moves mark the expansion of AIDS Action’s treatment adherence program which helps clients living with HIV and AIDS maintain their often complex medical regimens.

AIDS Action will host a community reception to mark the opening on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 75 Amory St., Boston. Members of the public are invited to attend and may RSVP to eferk@aac.org.

The drop-in center is a welcoming space where clients can access multiple resources and services. This reduces barriers to care and offers clients one-stop shopping. Within the drop-in center clients can access food, use computers for housing and job searches, attend legal clinics, and talk with one of AAC’s peer advocates about living with HIV. The drop-in center also houses AIDS Action’s HIV Health Library, which has a wealth of information about HIV and viral hepatitis in print, digital, and video format for ease of access. MOMS Pharmacy, a specialty HIV/AIDS pharmacy with locations in New York, California, and Washington, will operate at the back of the drop-in center.

“Having MOMS on-site, with pharmacists who are experts in HIV/AIDS medicine available to answer questions, will make it easier and more convenient for our clients to adhere to their treatment plans,” said Rebecca Haag, President & CEO of AIDS Action Committee, which provides services to one in six people in Massachusetts living with a diagnosis of HIV. “Ultimately, this is going to lead to better health outcomes for our clients. That, in turn, reduces the spread of HIV, reduces suffering for those with HIV, and reduces health care costs.”

A 2008 evaluation of a MOMS Pharmacy collaboration with the AIDS service organization Action Point by the San Francisco Department of Public Health found that in-hospital treatment costs per person dropped 59 percent from $3,317 to $1,351 after MOMS Pharmacy began fulfilling most of Action Point’s clients’ medication needs. The evaluation also found that the average HIV viral load of an Action Point client utilizing MOMS Pharmacy was suppressed by 59 percent after one year, and 64 percent after two years.

MOMS Pharmacy is focused exclusively on providing medications and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and offers expert pharmacy care and delivery to thousands of individuals in the United States, including those living with co-infections such as viral hepatitis. Services include pre-filled medicine trays and the MOMSPak, a month’s worth of medication packaged in daily, client-specific packets that include the client’s name and the precise date and time when medication is to be taken; insurance reimbursement expertise and advocacy; on-site counseling with a pharmacist trained in HIV/AIDS medication protocols; educational and wellness sessions for clients; refill reminder programs; and delivery service options. MOMS Pharmacy has a strong history of advocating on a local and national level for people living with HIV/AIDS and for providing much needed support to those communities most impacted by the disease.

“HIV/AIDS is not a disease than can, or should, be managed like any other chronic diseases,” said Anthony D. Luna, President of MOMS Pharmacy. “HIV/AIDS presents a unique array of challenges that require it to be treated with a very specific and comprehensive form of expertise and understanding. MOMS Pharmacy strives to be viewed as an integral part of a client’s “treatment team” by providing supportive tools and a keen understanding of HIV/AIDS that results in improved clinical outcomes and an overall improvement in the quality of life for our clients.”

In addition to AIDS Action Committee, MOMS Pharmacy has established collaborations with Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle, Under One Roof in San Francisco, and Being Alive San Diego. MOMS Pharmacy is an Allion Healthcare Company with over 20 years of experience.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the state’s leading provider of prevention and wellness services for people vulnerable to HIV infection. It provides services to one in six people in Massachusetts living with an HIV diagnosis. These services include HIV counseling and testing; needle exchange; mental health counseling; housing assistance; and legal services. AIDS Action works to prevent new HIV infections, support those affected by HIV, and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS by educating the public and health professionals about HIV prevention and care; and advocating for fair and effective HIV/AIDS policy at the city, state, and federal levels. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. In 2013, AIDS Action formed a strategic alliance with Fenway Health that will allow the two organizations to work more closely together and improve delivery of care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more at www.aac.org.

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