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Resource ID: #30169
Subject: Prison health care
Source: Nicholas Florko
Affiliation: STAT
Date: 2022-12-15



There is now a simple cure for hepatitis C. But state prisons across the country are refusing to treat it — and hundreds of people are needlessly dying each year from the virus and related complications.

In a sweeping, two-year investigation, STAT reported for the first time that more than 1,000 incarcerated people died from hepatitis C-related complications in the six years after the drug hit the market — a far higher rate than are dying in the broader U.S. population. "It’s inexcusable that they died,” a longtime prison doctor said.

2022 IRE Award Finalist, Print/Online (written word) > Division 1

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