Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

July 31, 2014 11:36 AM

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Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

CHICAGO — Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

After spending an estimated $16 million this fiscal year on Sovaldi, which holds promise for a cure for the liver-damaging disease, the state agency headed by Julie Hamos approved the restrictions July 10.

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