Federal Judge Finds Violation in Pennslvania’s Refusal to Treat Mumia’s Hep-C

And what about Canada? Depending on how you look at it, lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia journalist and political prisoner serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison after a controverial 1982 conviction for killing a white Philadelphia police officer, won a huge victory, lost big or maybe won and will win again soon. His victory, a finding issued on Sept. 1 in Scranton, PA by Federal District Judge Robert Mariani that the state’s Dep

Only 8 of 3,487 Tennessee inmates with hepatitis C receiving treatment

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series focusing on hepatitis C in Tennessee prisons. Part two focuses on the public health impacts of treating prisoners infected with the disease, and a prison policy that leaves some victims in the dark.  John Bilby should be dead by now. Before September, the 66-year-old inmate didn't know about the hepatitis C that's slowly destroying his liver. Then, after 27 years in prison, they told him he had six

Are States Obligated to Provide Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?

A handful of federal lawsuits against states that have denied highly effective but costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and prisoners could cost states hundreds of millions of dollars.The drugs boast cure rates of 95 percent or better, compared to 40 percent for previous treatments. But they cost between $83,000 and $95,000 for a single course of treatment.The class actions, all filed in the last eight months in federal courts in Indiana, Massachu

Australia: Turnbull government to spend $1 billion on hepatitis C ‘miracle cures’ for all

The Turnbull government will spend more than $1 billion to make breakthrough hepatitis C cures available to all as part of an ambitious new plan to eradicate the deadly disease within a generation.Health Minister Sussan Ley will announce the major new Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing on Sunday, in a move that will give Australia's 230,000 hepatitis C sufferers affordable access to the drugs.The drugs can currently cost patients up to $100,000. Under

Federal Inmates Treated for Hep C Drop 29%

A prison physician is calling for a full and independent review into the drop in treatment rates.New data released by Correctional Services Canada (CSC) reveal a dramatic decline in the number of inmates in treatment for hepatitis C as the service struggles with budget cuts, increasing inmate populations and exploding hepatitis treatment costs.According to the data obtained by CMAJ following an Access to Information request, the number of inmates treated f