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Author:  Margaret R.  Moreland, J.D., M.S.L.S..

Source: Volume 09, Number 02, January/February 2008 , pp.21-24(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Before beginning a course of Interferon/ Ribavirin to treat Hepatitis C, Michael Glover, an inmate at the Kettle Moraine Correction Institution in Wisconsin, signed a consent form warning that the regimen he was about to begin might “have serious side effects, including but not limited to worsening of liver infl ammation, anemia, allergic reaction, heart attack, severe depression, suicide, pneumonia, loss of vision, or thyroid disease. Three months later Glover was placed under medical restriction and was moved to a cellblock close to the medical unit. The reason was not documented, but Glover alleged that it was that he had complained of chest pain in January 2005, and Hepatitis C treatment had increased his risk of heart attack. O.Z. Martin, a California state inmate who was fi rst diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1991, claimed that the prison physicians had shown deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs when they failed to refer him for a liver biopsy and otherwise failed to provide proper treatme nt for the disease.

Keywords: Established Protocol, LFT, viral load, HCV, Troutt, Erickson v. Pardus, Injections, Turner

Affiliations:  1: Pace University School of Law Library.

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