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Is that $100,000 hepatitis treatment worth the price? Yes, but can society afford it?

Is that $100,000 hepatitis treatment worth the price? Yes, but can society afford it?

The stratospheric prices of new drugs are sometimes rationalized by the savings they'll generate down the road — cure a condition now, even at high expense, and you'll reap the benefits by keeping the patients in better health and off the operating table.

A team of researchers from UC San Francisco and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a nonprofit research organization in Boston, has subjected the new crop of hepatitis C drugs to just such a real-world calculation. According to their findings, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the drugs, which can...

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