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We have been unable to reach – through client choice not to be reached – some individuals affected by the Welvista Transition Program (attached is the Program Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions). If you have any clients, or know somebody, who may be eligible for the Welvista Transition Program (see letters also attached) please share this email and its attachments with them.

Some individuals will be told their prescriptions have been cancelled when they attempt to order refills because they are Welvista clients. The best course of action is for the clients to contact the ADAP Office at (954) 290-2728 and they will be advised how to proceed.

Paul A. Moore, MSW
HIV/AIDS Program Director
Broward County Health Department
780 SW 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33315
Tel: 954-467-4700 Ext. 5590
Fax: 954-598-3209
Email: Paul_Moore@doh.state.fl.us

Welvista Transition Answers For ADAP Clients
The Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) will make a temporary change in the
program to ensure continued access to your life saving medications.
What is the temporary change?
Clients who can obtain most or all of their drug regimen from the Welvista formulary will be
temporarily transitioned to Welvista. Florida ADAP has collaborated with Welvista, a non-profit
organization to provide clients access to prescription medications donated by multiple HIV
pharmaceutical manufacturers.
When will this change take place?
Effective February 14, 2011 until March 31, 2011.
How will I get my medications?
You will be able to pick up your medications at the ADAP office in your local county health
department as you have been doing.
What is the cost of the medication?
All the medications received from Welvista are free.
Will I be affected?
If you are someone targeted to receive your drugs through Welvista, the ADAP program office will
request Welvista to fill your prescription(s).
What information will be required from me?
If you do not have a prescription with at least a 60-day fill remaining, you will be asked and assisted
in getting a new prescription from your doctor.
Will I need to order refills from Welvista?
No. This will be done for you by the ADAP program. Welvista will then fill 60 days of medications to
carry you through March 31, 2011.
How long will I get my medications from Welvista?
Welvista will provide one, 60-day fill to last until March 31, 2011. On April 1, 2011 the Florida ADAP
program will begin filling your prescriptions again.
What will I need before coming back into ADAP?
You will need a new prescription to access medications from the Florida ADAP starting April 1, 2011.
Does my doctor know I will need a new prescription?
Medical unit is working to inform doctors that any person receiving drugs from Welvista will need a
new prescription before they are able to receive medications from ADAP starting April 1, 2011.
Will anything change once I am back in ADAP?
No. You will reorder and continue to pick up your drugs in the same way.
If you have any questions, please contact your local ADAP office or case manager.
Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Effective through March 31, 2011
Clients who can obtain 100% of their drug regimen from the Welvista formulary will
be temporarily transitioned to Welvista. Florida ADAP has collaborated with Welvista,
a non-profit organization to provide selected clients access to prescription
medications donated by multiple HIV pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Who Will Be
Transitioned To
ADAP clients who are eligible to receive medications from Welvista were identified by
the ADAP program office in Tallahassee on January 24, 2011. That list was emailed
(encrypted) to each pharmacy manager and county ADAP program manager.
These clients will be labeled as “Transitioned-Welvista” in the database.
Pharmacist will only transfer clients to Welvista who have fills for 60 days or more.
Prescription Fills Welvista will provide 60-day fills. This will cover clients through 03/31/2011.
Pharmacist will send a hard copy of the client’s prescription that is identified as
having a 60-day or more fill to Welvista.
Send hard copy of prescription via FedEx overnight to:
2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 105
Columbia, SC 29204
Attn: Shemega Tyson, RPh
Patients who do not have at least 60-days of fill left will need a new prescription for
60 days.
The Medical Director for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS is working to inform medical
providers of this need.
Intelence and
Attention: Some clients who were identified for transition to Welvista may have
Intelence and /or Prezista as part of their regimen. The drugs Intelence and Prezista
will be provided through Central Pharmacy and not Welvista.
Any of the prescriptions that were identified to go to Welvista containing Intelence or
Prezista must be sent and filled by the Central Pharmacy. Please coordinate the
drugs from Welvista and the fill from Central Pharmacy (Intelence and /or Prezista) to
ensure clients receive their complete drug regimen, If a client does not have a 60-
day fill, a new prescription is required.
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Central Pharmacy will mail Intelence and/or Prezista directly to the ADAP
coordinators in each county to distribute.
ADAP headquarters will send a list of clients to the primary ADAP contact, who are
identified as part of the transition to Welvista, having a prescription for Intelence and
/or Prezista.
Given the short time frame, local areas are asked to notify clients as quickly as
possible. A FAQ is attached for clients. Please share broadly with case
managers,CBOs, ASOs and post where appropriate.
The following procedures apply:
1. Clients will pick up their medications from ADAP coordinators in their
respective area.
2. Client must date and sign a drug pickup form. (see attached)
3. The pickup form must be placed in the client’s file.
4. No logging of Welvista drug pickups is required in the ADAP database.
Client’s medications will be mailed to the county health departments. The package
will be sent to the attention of the agent (ADAP coordinator).
Medications will be labeled and packaged for each individual client.
Welvista makes every effort to process each order within 24-48 hours and ships them
via the United States Postal Service with delivery confirmation. Turn-around time will
be 5-7 days from receipt of the client’s prescription.
Medications received from Welvista should be stored and distributed by primary
ADAP contacts at the County level.
Storage of
The storage for received medications should be located in an area completely
separate from the dispensing Pharmacy.
Medications are to be stored under a locked system (i.e. the storage area containing
the medications must be locked).
Medications Not
Picked Up
DO NOT RETURN medications to Welvista that are not picked up.
Those medications should be quarantined and each CHD should contact their
contracted reverse distributor for pick-up and destruction.
Back To ADAP
All clients transitioning back to ADAP will require a new prescription. Obtaining a
new prescription should be coordinated during the months of February and March,

Recertification ADAP contacts will be able to access client’s record in the database to recertify
clients as needed.
Questions Contact ADAP headquarters at 850-245-4335


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