Drug costs a bitter pill


An estimated 17 percent of America’s prison population could have hepatitis C, a severe viral disease that can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and cancer if left untreated.

There is a cure. A miracle drug with a 95 percent recovery rate was introduced in 2013. But Sovaldi has an extremely high cost: $84,000 for a standard treatment, although costs can vary with the length of the treatment.

Late last year, Gilead Sciences, which makes Sovaldi, won approval for an even better hepatitis C drug, which doesn’t have to be taken in combination with other drugs that have major side effects. But Harvoni costs about $1,125 per pill, with a standard 12-week treatment priced at $94,500

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