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Asthma

07 November 2011

Asthma meds unaffordable

It costs the average South African three days' wages for a month's supply of branded asthma medicine, and one day's wage for the generic brand.

It costs the average South African three days' wages for a month's supply of branded asthma medicine, and one day's wage for the generic brand. This is according to The Global Asthma Report 2011 compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

These statistics highlight the plight of asthma patients in the developing world. Because although effective treatment for asthma exist, many people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, are unable to access the medicines they need to manage this chronic condition.

 

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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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