Friday, 6 March 2015 - 11:54

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) notes that the Portfolio Committee on Health is currently considering proposed amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act No. 101 of 1965. We also note that a number of presentations have been made to the committee by representatives from the complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) industry.
Given these current discussions, we wish to restate our position on the regulation of CAMs.
1. CAMs that are found by the regulator to be safe and of good quality should be allowed on the market. People who want...

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 12:49

On Friday 27th February the GroundUp website published a letter from doctors in the Free State. The letter listed a number of specific and very serious allegations relating to the collapse of the Free State healthcare system. Based on our own experience in the Free State we find the allegations to be credible. The letter is both an indictment of the current management of the Free State healthcare system and a call for help from committed doctors. The letter can be read here. 
On Saturday 28th...

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Friday, 27 February 2015 - 14:07

On Friday 20th February TAC wrote to the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department leading on the finalisation of the National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy that affects medicine pricing. The policy has been in development for over six years now and crossed three ANC-led administrations. We did not receive a response on when the policy would be finalised. We will continue to pressure the DTI and government going forward to ensure the law in South Africa is in line with international standards to protect access to medicines. You can read the letter below.

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Friday, 20 February 2015 - 13:59

Reproduced below is a SANAC Civil Society Forum press release sent via email to the Treatment Action Campaign on 20th February 2015.
South African National AIDS Council –Civil Society Forum (SANAC-CSF) plays a significant role in the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STI’s 2012-2016 (NSP), under the banner of SANAC which is mandated to coordinate the implementation, independency, accountability, monitoring and collective approach of the HIV national response in South Africa.
CSF strongly condemns actions by ANCYL, ANCWL and its partners with...

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Friday, 20 February 2015 - 11:24

Reproduced below is an United Front press release sent via email to the Treatment Action Campaign on 20th February 2015.
The United Front has learnt with dismay that today (20th February 2015), the Free State structures of the ANC Youth League, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS and the Men’s Sector of the Provincial AIDS Council will march to the provincial offices of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). This march will demand the deregistration of the TAC. The propaganda for this march falsely accuses the TAC of working with imperialist forces...

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