WHO fair pricing forum: watching for drug industry accountability

12 April 2019

Expensive medicines are a ubiquitous challenge from which no government is immune. Excessive price hikes are an urgent human rights issue with serious ramifications for public health. One such example is that of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), a breakthrough medicine that can be taken once a day to lower the risk of HIV infection (called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP). In the United States, Truvada costs between US $1,600-$2,000 every month and the average monthly wage is $3,498 for women and $4,345 for men. A recent 4.9% price increase will make this treatment even less affordable.