The use of heroin and other injection drugs played a significant role in the recent increase of Hepatitis C cases.
Viral hepatitis has become one of the leading killers in the world, killing as many people yearly as AIDS, TB or malaria.
FDA approved new combination drug Epclusa developed by Gilead to treat all six major forms of hepatitis C with or without liver damage.
The disease kills more people than the combined total of 60 other infectious diseases including HIV.
Oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington may have infected dozens with Hepatitis C and others with Hepatitis B and HIV due to a breech in sanitation in his office.
After hours of deliberation on Tuesday, a Nevada jury decided that two UnitedHealth Group units must pay $500 million in punitive damages for failing to oversee a doctor whose unsanitary medical practices are believed to have given patients hepatitis C.