Missouri to drop expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, use alternative

January 28, 2015 3:13 PM

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Medicaid patients who have already begun treatment with Sovaldi will continue to use it, the department said. Patients who have been approved for Sovaldi as of Jan. 1 but have not yet started treatment will be switched to Viekira.

Hepatitis C is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver and is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. It is most often transmitted by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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