Cone Health System, Regional Center for Infectious Disease
The Regional Center for Infectious Disease (RCID) opened in March 2011 in the Wendover Medical Center. RCID provides medical care, research, social work, care management, mental health, substance abuse and dental services for over 1400 people living with HIV in our community. We also serve patients with general infectious disease problems.
To date, we have assisted 600-700 patients with HIV medication assistance through ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program). Currently, we are providing HIV related medications to 315 patients, a total benefit to these patients of approximately $10 million annually. Through the medication assistance program, we are able to reach out to various pharmaceutical companies for assistance with other non-HIV related medications that are not covered through ADAP. RCID has received over $5 million in Ryan White funding since 2005. Also of significance, the Cone Health Foundation has provided over $250,000 in funding for our clinic since 2011.
One important aspect of our research/clinical trials is that patients receive laboratory testing and antiretroviral medications at no cost. The average retail cost of a typical treatment regimen is about $2680/month or $32160 annually. In 2012, the patients on our clinical trials received over $1.5 million in pharmaceutical support. While getting medication at no cost is a substantial benefit, the treatment reduces viremia and thus the spread of HIV. Nearly 10% of RCID’s HIV patients were enrolled in research studies last year. Our research division has been awarded over $5 million in funding since its inception.
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