Hepatitis C: Cost in the way of a cure

By Halle Stockton | PublicSource | May 24, 2015

Dee’s liver is scarred, but just a bit too healthy for her insurance to foot the bill for the new medications that cure hepatitis C more than 90 percent of the time.

The Butler County resident, who suspects she got the virus getting a tattoo, was recently told by her doctor to come back in a year.

John, a retired small-business owner from Washington County who was given blood in the early 1990s, was also denied the antivirals. Now, as he watches a friend grow weak from liver cancer, he fears he’s glimpsing his future.

Photo: Photo: The new generation of hepatitis C medications: Sovaldi, Harvoni, Olysio and Viekira Pak. (Photos courtesy of Gilead Sciences, AbbVie and Andrew Karpenko, University of Washington)


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Kinder Morgan paid Pennsylvania police department to ‘deter protests’

Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade. The company requested that the officers, though officially off-duty, be in uniform and marked cars. Kinder Morgan’s aim, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal, was to use law enforcement to “deter protests” in order to avoid “costly delays.”