Plaintiffs added to hepatitis C lawsuit


Additional plaintiffs have been added to a federal lawsuit that alleges Connecticut’s prisons failed to provide life-saving treatment to inmates with hepatitis C.

The Journal Inquirer reports the lawsuit originally filed on behalf of Robert Barfield was expanded to include four other plaintiffs in Department of Correction custody.

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The plaintiffs say that they were denied sufficient treatment by prison medical staff, resulting in suffering and putting thousands of other prisoners at risk.

The state Department of Correction took control of the inmate health system from the University of Connecticut in July.

Commissioner Scott Semple previously said that the department would be spending more money on hepatitis C treatments.

The plaintiffs are seeking to force the department to identify all people infected with the virus and provide anti-viral drugs.

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