As Minnesota insurers limit access to hepatitis C drugs, patients chafe

As Minnesota insurers limit access to hepatitis C drugs, patients chafe
RENÉE JONES SCHNEIDER • reneejones@startribune.com Kelly Krodel, right, was diagnosed with hepatitis C soon after her daughter Maddie was born. Because she is healthy, two insurers have denied coverage of a drug that could treat it. Hepatitis C drug …
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Hep C drug tourism has begun as patients seek Harvoni, Sovaldi overseas
Now, say hello to hep C tourism. As Jonathan Edelheit, CEO of the Florida-based Medical Tourism Association, told Bloomberg, "I know people who have hepatitis C and the only thing they can think about is getting this drug. There is definitely a high …
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Hepatitis Cruise, India Trips Among Plans to Save on 00 Pill
This is how far one Express Scripts Holding Co. executive was willing to go to secure inexpensive versions of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, unavailable to U.S. consumers under federal drug import and patent laws. His plan: Dock a …
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Woman sues Anthem Blue Cross for denying hepatitis C drug Harvoni
About 3.2 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C infection. It is most prevalent among those born between 1945 and 1965 or the baby boom generation, with a majority of them likely infected during the 1970s and 1980s when rates …
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Hepatitis C: Symptoms, who should get tested for it!
In many cases, there are no symptoms of the disease until liver problems have developed. In persons without symptoms, Hepatitis C is often detected during routine blood tests to measure liver function and liver enzyme (protein produced by the liver) level.
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6 Things People With Hepatitis C Wish You Knew
Hepatitis C is a serious disease. “You can't put your head in the ground,” says Joe Benko, 64, an Army veteran from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who learned he had the virus while donating blood. “If you have hepatitis C, you have to be proactive and …
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Ask the Doctor: Do you have Hepatitis C?
Many people with hepatitis C contract it from sharing intravenous needles or "snorting" illicit drugs through their noses. Some older baby boomers with hepatitis C got it from a blood transfusion before 1992, when widespread screening of the blood …
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Hep C infections increasing in Arkansas, but virus can be treated and cured
As a result, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is encouraging all individuals born between 1945 and 1965, or anyone who is at risk for infection, get tested for Hepatitis C at least once. Testing is available at all 94 county health units, and …
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High Price for Gilead Sciences Hep C Drug Prompts Patent Challenges
Several advocacy groups have filed patent challenges to the blockbuster Sovaldi hepatitis c drug in a bid to widen access to patients in some of the world's largest countries. The challenges were filed over the past two weeks in Russia, China …
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Lawmakers debate mandatory Hep C testing
ILLINOIS — If you were born between 1945 – 1965, doctors say you're at a higher risk for hepatitis C. The CDC says more than three million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the disease. Now, some state lawmakers are trying to make sure you …
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Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription painkiller abuse
The CDC recommends that Baby Boomers get tested for hepatitis C, because many undiagnosed cases occur in the generation that came of age in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, with the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, "a new generation of people in this …
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