Prisoners to get hepatitis C drug

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new treatment for hepatitis C that costs a thousand dollars a pill is expected to be available to inmates in Michigan, but may be denied to Medicaid patients without criminal records.

The drug, Sovaldi, made by a company in California, is bringing in record profits.

It promises a cure for hepatitis C, which damages the liver.

The Michigan Department of Corrections says it may be used to treat the disease in prisoners if traditional drugs have not worked.

Meanwhile, the Department of Community Health says the drug will only be provided to Medicaid patients in Michigan on a case-by-case basis.

The wholesale price for the 12-week treatment is $84,000.