We tried, but we couldn't--be two places at once. The Department of State Health Services hearing on its legislative appropriations request overlapped with the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Medication Advisory Commitee (MAC) meeting held last Friday. I decided that our efforts were better directed toward the LAR, so I ended up missing the MAC meeting even though I arrived prior to its scheduled conclusion. I did, however, pick up the trash a bit and snag a copy of the meeting packet (or most of one).
MAC minutes for November 18, 2005, and February 17, 2006, were approved. These should be posted on the web soon (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
The client utilization review shows a sharp drop in th enumber of clients being served by THMP. The drop can be attributed to the number of clients who are eligible for Medicare Part D. So far, more than 1500 clients have been transitioned from THMP to Medicare Part D. This does not, however, include clients who are eligible for less than 100 percent low-income subsidy: "THMP continues to provide medicaitons to clients who receive the partial low income subsidy or are denied the subsidy."
The MAC considered two new medications for the formulary and discussed the legislative appropriations request. We'll have to wait for more news on this later.