US: Judge allows public employees access to pricey hepatitis C drugs

Members of the Washington’s Public Employees Benefits Board infected with hepatitis C will be able to receive expensive drugs that can cure the life-threatening disease, a judge ruled Wednesday. A King County Superior Court judge has ordered the agency that oversees health insurance for Washington’s public employees to pay for expensive drugs to treat hepatitis C in all patients, not just those with the most severe illness. Judge Suzanne R. Parisien gr

U.S.: Foundation calls PA’s treatment of hepatitis C troubling

A state advisory committee recently recommended that Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program pay to treat all patients suffering from hepatitis C — not just those who have advanced or life-threatening cases of the disease. In a 10-7 vote last month, Pennsylvania’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decided to support a lift on restrictions that keep patients with less-severe cases of hepatitis C from receiving treatment, a constraint intended to reduce costs.