Corporate Vampires Suck Ads by AHF Skewer CVS

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The AIDS care provider’s advocacy campaign targets corporate giant CVS for its anti-competitive behavior, including buying health plans like Aetna and then forcing patients, including HIV-positive patients, who often rely on them. specialized services of their pharmacists, to obtain their vital medicines by mail order or direct delivery

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to take a class action lawsuit filed by HIV-positive patients who claim CVS Caremark’s policy of requiring them to obtain drugs by mail or drop-ship is discriminatory under the Affordable Care Act. .

LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE) – In response to growing consolidation and increasingly monopolistic behavior in the pharmacy and healthcare industries, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is launching a new advocacy campaign to confront healthcare and pharmacy giant CVS, the sixth largest company in the world for its anti-competitive business model that is choking many independent and family pharmacies, some to the point of forcing them to close.

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The AHF has launched a new advocacy and newspaper advertising campaign to take on healthcare and pharmacy giant CVS, the sixth largest company in the world, over its anti-competitive business model, which constrains many pharmacies independent and family-run, some to the point of forcing them to close. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The “CVS: Corporate Vampires Suck (https://ahf.org/stop-cvs)” campaign targets CVS for its fierce anti-competitive behavior, particularly with regard to its refusal to let patients choose their pharmacy services. CVS is currently forcing most of its healthcare plan patients from providers like Aetna – which CVS bought for $ 69 billion in cash and stock in 2018 – to get their life-saving drugs by mail order or drop ship.

However, given the nature of their disease, patients with HIV / AIDS often rely on the specialized services, long-standing relationships and expertise of their pharmacists, often viewing them as reliable partners in their care. With 35 years of healthcare experience, AHF currently provides clinical care and other services to HIV / AIDS patients at 72 healthcare centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. It also operates a chain of 62 AHF Pharmacy outlets in 14 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

“CVS is a major threat to public health. While it started out as “stores of value for the consumer” in the 1960s, those days are gone: CVS has metastasized into a corporate giant with sharp elbows buying health plans for billions and forcing them. customers, including patients with HIV / AIDS, to use their mail order services. , harming patients and fragmenting their care in the process, ”said Michael weinstein president of the AHF. “Patients are suffering AND small pharmacies are being crushed and closed. That’s why we’ve put some teeth into this new advocacy campaign targeting CVS – we need the public’s help to fight these “corporate vampires”.

The ‘CVS: Corporate Vampires Suck’ campaign kicks off with a bang this week, with a full-page, full-color ad running in up to five daily and weekly newspapers across the country, most of which landed on Sunday, July 11. The ad also appeared on the Houston Defender weekly on Thursday, July 8. Sunday papers include the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Houston Chronicle, and the Chicago Defender (online, next week) and will also appear next week in the Rhode Island Providence Journal. CVS is headquartered near Woonsocket, RI. The ads will be complemented by a radio campaign, social media and a legislative call to action urging viewers and readers to contact their lawmakers to ask them to help tackle CVS’s monopolistic and anti-competitive behavior.

“The big health insurance companies and national drugstore chains are distorting the market by blocking competing independent and specialty retail pharmacies like the AHF. It disrupts patient care and interferes with patient choice, ”added Scott carruthers, chief of pharmacy and senior manager of the AHF. “Our new campaign highlights these abuses by one particularly egregious offender – CVS – and calls for reform. ”

Supreme Court agrees to hear related lawsuit of HIV-positive patients regarding choice of pharmacy

In a related, but uncoordinated relationship action last week, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to bring a class action lawsuit brought by HIV-positive patients who claim that CVS Caremark’s policy of requiring them to obtain drugs by mail or direct delivery is discriminatory under the Care Act affordable. According to Politico Pro (Susannah Luthi, July 2, 2021), the court will consider protections against discrimination when “… examine whether the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and by extension the Affordable Care Act, permits a claim of ‘disparate impact’ from complainants alleging discrimination on the basis of disability. In a class action lawsuit, HIV-positive patients have claimed that CVS Caremark’s policy of requiring them to obtain drugs by mail order or direct delivery is discriminatory. Politico Pro also noted that the Supreme Court will likely hold oral arguments in the fall.

In December 2020, the AHF welcomed a lower court ruling in the CVS case which is now before the Supreme Court. The AHF publicly applauded a December 9, 2020, US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that people living with HIV can file discrimination claims under the US Affordable Care Act against CVS to oblige them to have only designated specialized pharmacies as part of network pharmacy services for private insurance plans. See Doe v CVS Pharmacy, Inc.

In 2018, the AHF also warned the US Department of Justice that the then proposed CVS merger with Aetna would create a monopoly-like monster that would harm patients, which it appears to be.

The AHF’s “CVS: Corporate Vampires Suck” campaign launches this week and will run through September. For more information on this campaign against CVS and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) who put their profits before the health of patients, please visit: https://ahf.org/stop-cvs

AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, currently provides health care and / or medical services to over 1.5 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America / Caribbean, Asia / Pacific region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us @helpful.

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF +1.323.791.5526 [cell] [email protected]

John Hassell, National Advocacy Director, AHF +1.202.774.4854 [cell] [email protected]

Lauren Hogan, Communication manager AHF, +1.310.940.0802 [cell] [email protected]

Source: AIDS Healthcare Foundation



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