Minnesota prison inmates sue to gain access to costly hepatitis C medications

Two prisoners have sued the state, highlighting a national dilemma: tax money going for expensive treatments.

Two inmates are suing the ­Minnesota Department of Corrections seeking access to costly drug treatments for hepatitis C, a serious liver condition that in many cases can be cured with a new generation of medications.

Filed in federal court this month, the lawsuit taps into a national debate over how prison systems can afford the costly new drugs, some of which carry a sticker price of $1,000 per pill and $90,000 for the full treatment.

In a written statement, the Corrections Department said that it could not comment on the lawsuit, but added: “It is not true that offenders do not have access to the new ­medications.”


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