Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hepatitis C Virus Drug Costs Likely to Fall

Hepatitis C Virus Drug Costs Likely to Fall
Laurie Toich, Assistant Editor
Publish Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The high cost of hepatitis C virus (HCV) drugs has caused significant financial strain for patients and the health care system. These drugs cost as much as $95,000 for a 12-week treatment, but carry a 90% or better cure rate, which many believe justifies the cost.

While some insurers have implemented cost containment strategies to prevent early stage patients from receiving the treatment, lawsuits have been filed challenging the ethics of these practices.

Lawmakers are now struggling to create legislation that will provide these patients with the treatments they need, but a majority of proposals do not gain traction, according to a report published by Mediware.
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Of Interest
Index Of Articles
Link to research and news articles addressing the high cost of hepatitis C drugs, insurance restrictions; private insurers/Medicaid, and generic HCV direct-acting antivirals.

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