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Monday, 9 September 2013 - 13:17

Health groups call for wide public consultation
 
Johannesburg, 9 September – The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 welcome the announcement that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for public comment on the long-overdue draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The DTI has taken heed of  calls for urgent reform, by offering numerous recommendations to prevent the patent system from having a detrimental impact on public health.
 
This policy is not just about legal...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 - 08:27

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of the antiretroviral medicine dolutegravir. This is a new integrase inhibitor (brand name Tivicay) that could potentially become a vital drug in the global struggle against HIV. TAC calls on all parties involved to ensure widespread availability of Dolutegravir in South Africa and across the developing world.

  • Dolutegravir was as good or better in the studies that led to approval than the comparison combinations, including Atripla (a brand name combination equivalent to the most...
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Wednesday, 7 August 2013 - 06:29

This is a memorandum dated 7th August delivered to representatives from the Department for Trade and Industry, including Minister Rob Davies, ahead of a workshop in coordination with the WTO, WHO, WIPO calling on the DTI to urgently “Fix the Patent Laws” to improve South Africans’ access to medicines. You can access the original memorandum here.
 
 
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urgently call upon the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 - 10:10

This is an open letter dated 23rd July from the Treatment Action Campaign sent to USTR Ambassador Michael Froman, outlining our concerns with mounting US pressure aiming to restrict India’s generic medicines industry. You can find the original letter at the end of this article.
 
 
Dear Ambassador Froman,
 
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) of South Africa is extremely concerned with recent attempts by the US government to discourage and curb the globe’s supply of affordable generic medicines available from India. Specifically, we object to the...

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Monday, 22 July 2013 - 14:10

The TAC National Council is made up of its national office bearers, seven provincial chairpersons, provincial coordinators and our close partners; it is the highest decision making body between congresses. The National Council met over two days on the 18-19 July 2013 and amongst the issues we discussed was the national chairperson’s resignation.
 
Ms Nonkosi Khumalo has served the cause of AIDS activism in South Africa since she joined TAC in 2001. She has been an outstanding and self-sacrificing leader whose commitment has saved many lives and advanced our cause. We honour her...

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