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As insurers limit access to hep C drugs, patients and doctors bristle
Modern Healthcare

Doctors are finding themselves in tense situations as they try to prescribe new hepatitis C drugs to patients eager for a cure while health plans limit coverage to manage the costs of the medications.

Many health insurers have established prior-authorization criteria generally limiting access to the drugs to patients whose disease has progressed to at least Stage 3 fibrosis (just before the onset of liver cirrhosis).