INDIANAPOLIS – The
only doctor at the center of an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana cannot
prescribe the latest treatments for patients also infected with the
deadly Hepatitis C virus.
William Cooke, a family practitioner in Scott County, is treating
dozens of people with HIV, the AIDS-causing virus that exploded in
numbers among intravenous drug users earlier this year.
state Medicaid rules forbid him from prescribing new treatments to
those same patients with Hepatitis C, the blood-borne disease that
causes inflammation in the liver and now claims more lives than HIV in
the United States.
Labels: access to HCV treatment, Coinfection, Indiana, injection drug use (IDU), medicare