000-a-day drug approved to treat prison inmates Updated April 21.
The drug costs at least $1,000 each day. Corrections officials estimate that as much as 3,750 prisoners in the condition have hepatitis C, a life-threatening blood-borne infection that’s associated with tainted needles. Chronic hepatitis C, often called a silent disease, causes cirrhosis and often requires a liver transplant. Illinois routinely screens inmates for hepatitis C when they are admitted to prison, unless they refuse. The local newspaper reports Sovaldi will cost state taxpayers $61 million if only one third of prisoners with hepatitis C receive the drug, weighed against current treatment costs of $8 million. (more…)