Congress Outraged Over HEP-C Treatment VA can't Afford
Congress is looking into why veterans are being denied a cure for a deadly form of hepatitis.
In a CBS News investigation, we told you the cure was developed by a doctor working for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The doctor got rich, but at $1,000 a pill, the VA can’t afford it.
Much of the anger at Wednesday’s hearing was directed at someone who wasn’t even in the room.
“If I were you, I would be outraged,” Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, said.
“Certainly the taxpayers should be outraged,” Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana, added.
Their target is Dr. Raymond Schinazi, who played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C. When he sold his company to pharmaceutical giant Gilead in 2012, he made over $400 million.
And he did it all while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA.
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