Aids campaigners in the UK are celebrating a watershed victory today after the High Court ruled that NHS England should pay for “game-changer” drugs that prevent people being infected with HIV by their partners.
The NHS wanted local councils to have to pay, claiming that they were responsible for preventative healthcare.
NHS England will it appeal against the judgment, and weigh up the cost of PrEp – which could be £10m – £20m a year – against other calls on NHS funding for specialised services. It will also put pressure on the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the drugs to drop their prices.
Why not just drop the price and make them available over the counter?