For inmates, pricey hepatitis C drug could make financial sense

October 20, 2014 9:11 PM

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For inmates, pricey hepatitis C drug could make financial sense

Then, in 2011, the FDA approved boceprevir, brand name Victrelis, that — when used with the two traditional drugs — was more effective, but also more expensive. Now, if available, patients receive a significantly more effective and even more costly drug like sofosbuvir in combination with the interferon and ribavirin. (Sofosbuvir, brand name Solvaldi, was approved for chronic hepatitis C treatment in December 2013.) Goldhaber-Fiebert and his team created a computer model to compare the performance and cost of these two treatment options within a hypothetical prison population.

In one scenario, infected inmates received 12 weeks of sofosbuvir plus interferon and ribavirin; in the other, they received 28 weeks of boceprivir plus interferon and ribavirin. The researchers also compared the therapies to no treatment at all. The model accounted for the variations in inmates’ se...

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