New hepatitis C drug needs to be more affordable

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "FDA approves hepatitis C drug" (Page A6, Dec.7): Yes, a new less invasive and more effective method is needed to help those with hepatitis C, but $84,000 for a 12-week program, really? And the bill would be $168,000 for those with a less common version of the disease who need longer care. Now if I had hepatitis C, there is no way I would be able to afford that. I would personally rather live with my condition until my time came to pass. How are all the baby boomers expected to pay for this? My granddad is 68 years old, sick and in no shape to continue working. The benefit he gets is not enough for him to live worry free, yet alone buy a drug for $168,000. A program that subsidizes the cost of the drug would be very helpful to those who need it

-- Devanio J. Cousins, Sacramento

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