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Sculptra, at last!

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 26 May 2011
symptoms, illnesses and opportunistic infections

The sponsor company of Sculptra in Australia, Sanofi- Aventis, has finally had confirmation from Medicare that the two item numbers for the injecting procedure have been approved.

The company will be sending advice to relevant doctors shortly, but the expectation is that the listing will be from 1 July.

This means that there will now be a heavy subsidy towards the price charged by a number of doctors, with some agreeing to claim only the rebate amount. Good news for the many PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHA. who have been waiting on this outcome for some time.

Sculptra is a cosmetic filler used to treat facial lipoatrophy caused by HIV treatments. The product was made a Medicare item in 2009 but subsidising the cost of injecting the product has taken till now to receive final approval.

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