“We have been studying this issue for some time and believe this action is the next appropriate step as part of Ohio’s response to the opioid crisis,” stated Tom Betti, spokesman for Ohio Medicaid.
Hepatitis C drugs are among the most expensive in the U.S., even with negotiated discounts on sticker prices. Harvoni, introduced in 2014, was $94,500 sticker price for a course of treatment. Mavyret, approved in 2017, had a comparatively cheaper price of $26,400 sticker price for a regimen, NPR reported.
$180,000 price tag for Miami Twp. boy's prescription
Betti said Ohio Medicaid Director Barbara Sears had previously relaxed the rules to after she became director to allow more people to receive treatment at earlier stages of hepatitis C.
Now her department is moving benchmark again so that people can get treatment as soon as they are better diagnosed, which Betti said they believe will improve the outcomes and health of the population and be more cost effective in the long term.