Expensive New Hepatitis C Drug Raises Alarms

This piece originally ran in the Huffington Post and was written by Leigh Purvis and Debra B. Whitman. Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. It currently affects more than 3 million Americans, many of whom do not know that they are infected. Left untreated, it can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer. Until recently, hepatitis C treatments only cured about half of patients and often had undesirable …

Cost Puts New Drug for Hepatitis C Out of Reach for Many

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News staff writer, in association with The Daily Beast There’s a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 – or $1,000 a pill. And that price tag is prompting outrage from some consumers and a scramble by insurers to figure out which patients should get the drug – and who pays for it. Related: CDC: All Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test Called …

CDC: All Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test

Boomers make up the majority of hepatitis C infections in the United States — though many don’t know they’re harboring it. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is officially recommending all boomers get screened for the liver-destroying virus.

Positive Hep C Test Could Mean Insurance Denial

It sounds like reasonable advice: The government is urging all baby boomers to get tested for the hepatitis C virus, which people often don’t realize they have and which can damage or destroy the liver. Except there’s one little complication, as msnbc.com points out: A positive result on your hep C test could torpedo your chances of getting insurance if you’re uninsured, or hoping to buy more insurance, such as long-term care. As reporter JoNel Aleccia writes, “Experts in health …

CDC Urges Boomers to Get Tested for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of the more dastardly boogiemen in the club of chronic illnesses. In short, it is a blood-borne virus that can cause a variety of complications, such as liver damage. The Centers for Disease control report that around 3.2 million Americans are infected and is most prevalent in people born between the years 1945 and 1965. In the face of this, the CDC had their first national day of testing last week. Their focus was on increased …