Chinese herbal medicines are one of the most sought-after treatments for chronic disease, but they are not cheap.
The price of the Chinese herbal drugs varies wildly depending on where you buy them, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI).
The average cost of Chinese herbal treatments is more than $50 per dose.
The prices are often much higher than those in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
In fact, the Chinese pharmaceutical industry is estimated to be worth more than a trillion dollars.
A study published in February found that nearly 60% of Chinese medical facilities and healthcare organizations do not have a drug price control plan in place.
The American Academy and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have called on the government to increase the availability of Chinese medicinal products to all medical practitioners, including emergency medicine, primary care, and emergency medicine physicians.
The government should also ensure that all Chinese herbal products are available in pharmacies.
And if the government allows pharmacists to dispense these Chinese herbal remedies without a prescription, it should allow patients to access them at home, even if they are out of town.
The AP’s John Schmitt contributed to this report.
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