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Nevada Prisoners Win Class Status in Hepatitis C Treatment Suit

Feb. 19, 2020, 6:49 PM

Nevada inmates may sue the Nevada prison system as a class over its alleged failure to provide proper Hepatitis C treatment, because their challenge to the single, written policy makes class treatment appropriate, a federal court in the state ruled.

Plaintiffs also share common anxiety related to the denial of treatment they know will benefit them, and because they know will become sicker, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada said.

At issue is a new Nevada Department of Corrections policy that includes a prioritization system for treating HCV-positive incarcerated individuals. Under the system, sicker inmates receive direct...

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