Category Archives: South Africa’s Patent Act

Activists demand Roche drops cost of vital breast cancer medicine

Source: Fix the Patent Laws | March 31, 2016 THURSDAY 31st MARCH 2016, JOHANNESBURG – Today, members of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign, including Advocates for Breast Cancer, the Cancer Alliance, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Doctors without … Continue reading

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Speak up for affordable medicine

Iol news, Nobember 19, 2015. US and European pharmaceutical industries see South Africa as “ground zero” for keeping their large profit margins, say Julia Hill and Catherine Tomlinson. 

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Stalled policy will cost lives: patient groups appeal to South African minister Davies

Treatment Action Campaign; October 29, 2015. Cape Town/ Johannesburg – The Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) Campaign, today called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to end years of pharmaceutical company price gouging and broken promises for patent law … Continue reading

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PR: South Africans urge Trade Minister to finalise IP policy before elections and open up access to medicines

Source: MSF Access Campaign 11 March 2014 News from South Africa this morning where civil society is  marching on the Dept. Trade and Industry to get them to finalise IP reforms; South Africans urge Trade Minister to finalise IP policy before … Continue reading

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MEDIA INVITE: Photo opportunity as health activists take to the streets

Source: Fix The Patent Laws 11 March 2014 MEDIA INVITE: PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FIX THE PATENT LAWS CAMPAIGN  TUESDAY MARCH 11 – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) offices, PRETORIA THURSDAY MARCH 13 – Parliament, CAPE TOWN Health activists to demand … Continue reading

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South African pharma firms accused of planning to delay patents law reform

Source: The Guardian 16 January 2014 Leaked documents reveal lobbying proposals to delay laws that would allow fast introduction of generic medicines Patents on new medicines may be bypassed in South Africa if changes to intellectual property law go ahead. … Continue reading

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Changes Coming to South Africa’s Patent System

By Brendon Bosworth Source: IPS News CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Dec 12 2013 (IPS) – Paul Anley, chief executive officer of Pharma Dynamics, one of South Africa’s leading generic drug companies, wants to sell a cheaper version of popular birth control pill … Continue reading

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