Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 16 / 17 April 2014
 

AIDS agency combining Castro pharmacies into one space

AHF Church St pharm 2A Los Angeles-based AIDS agency is in the process of combining it’s two San Francisco pharmacies into one location in the city’s gay Castro District.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation operates a pharmacy and HIV testing site at 100 Church Street, adjacent to its Out of the Closet thrift store (seen at right).

It also owns the pharmacy at 4071 18th Street, which was formerly known as a MOMS Pharmacy. AHF acquired the HIV/AIDS specialty pharmacy chain in 2012 and re-branded it a year ago.

It is working with city officials to acquire the necessary permits to relocate the pharmacies into 518A Castro Street. The location had previously housed Under One Roof, a nonprofit store that funnels proceeds to local HIV agencies.

Last fall AHF rented the vacant storefront to house the campaign headquarters for its ballot initiative Prop D. The nonbinding measure, which passed with 80 percent of the vote, makes it city policy for officials to continue to directly negotiate with drug manufacturers for cheaper prescription drug prices, including those used to treat HIV and AIDS.

The owner of the property is also its landlord at the 18th Street pharmacy.

“We want to consolidate our two pharmacies in the Castro,” said Dale Gluth, AHF’s Bay Area regional director. “We also plan to relocate some medical offices in the back of the space.”

Like it has down with the old MOMS Pharmacy space, AHF intends to use the new location’s front area for community meetings and other events.

It is unclear how much longer AHF’s Out of the Closet store will remain at the Church Street location. Maitri hospice, which is located on the upper floor, owns the building and filed a suit against AHF for unpaid rent.

As the Bay Area Reporter disclosed in a recent article, AHF had not paid its rent since last August and was seeking “unlimited” damages over $25,000, according to the civil complaint filed in October in San Francisco Superior Court. AHF had rented the storefront for more than a decade.

The dispute stemmed from a rent increase Maitri was seeking that AHF felt was unfair. According to court records, the two sides have yet to settle the matter but are reportedly close to a deal.

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 7, 2014 @ 2:29 pm PST
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