Why are biologics so expensive?

Why are biologics so expensive?

But the high cost associated with them is currently in the news, as the vast majority of South Africans are unable to access these medicines.For women with a specific form of breast cancer (HER2 positive), a 12-month course of the biologic medicine Herceptin (as it is called in SA) can cost close to R500 000 per year.

Is integrative medicine right for you?

Is integrative medicine right for you?

These advances have made it easier to find integrative doctors and medical centres.The use of alternative medicine is widespread in South Africa and there are thousands of products that can be classified as complementary medicine, dietary supplements and traditional medicine.Key tenets of integrative medicine are:Creating a partnership between patient and practitionerUsing conventional and alternative methods as needed, and less-invasive yet effective interventions when possibleFocusing on prevention and promoting good health as well as treating illnessesTraining practitioners to be models of health and healingPrevention is a hallmark of integrative care because it's easier, less expensive and better for people to avoid an illness rather than have to treat and manage one.