1500 Baht is under USD 50 per month.
I thought these meds were many hundreds of dollars a month!! Have they come down that much in price, or are you using "cheap copies" in Thailand?
I take a Generic version of Atripla called Teevir, made by an Indian Generic manufacture that make lots of generic HIV meds called Mylan.
When I refill my meds in the UK I got original Atripla but its the same as Teevir.
Original Atripla is available from Manorial hospital, I think it would have worked out at about 4000 baht a month if I had got meds there.
Teevir is now the first line Pill most Thai government hospitals use under the 30 baht health care scheme for Thai nationals.
Bare in mind Atripla is pretty old now, having first been introduced in 2006 therefor is off patient, hence generics being available.
Quite a few newer meds have come off patient now and my Dr (Dr Philippe) could swap me onto something newer like a generic version of stribild for the same sort of price but as I get zero side affects now and i have no liver or kidney deterioration nearly 3 years in, my cd4 is 1121 and my VL is undetectable there seems little point.
You are correct, the latest meds are very expensive before they come off patient eg Genova that a couple of people I know who come from rich northern European countries take would run to about $2000 USD a month if the person was self paying. (they don't they get it on their country's public health care scheme).
The patient structure is pretty complicated but Thailand is considered a 3rd world country so it can legally get Generic's and cheaper meds first.
That said I have heard the UK NHS is starting to use more generic HIV meds, a UK biased positive friend who gets Turmeq on the UK NHS told me he got a generic version last time he went in for a checkup and med refill. The generic he got was also made by Mylan.
Dr Philippe is good at negotiating the price of meds also from Mylan and the other Indian generic manufactures.
He recently told me he can a full course of Hep C treatment using generic meds for around 40,000 baht, the price using meds for this from Bumrumgrad hospital in BKK would be over 300,000 baht apparently.
If that information would help anyone he can be contacted here:
Hope that answers your very valid question.
Edited by opps1, 09 February 2018 - 02:03 PM.