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Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 19:41

As the Fix the Patent Laws campaign gains traction and South Africa moves closer towards the kind of intellectual property reform that will vastly improve access to affordable medicines, a number of claims are being publicised by the pharmaceutical industry and their allies seeking to protect their business interests. The purpose of this myth-buster is to clarify that adopting legal TRIPS safeguards will not only support public health efforts but also benefit local industry and economic development.
 
The evidence highlights how South Africa’s current intellectual property...

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 16:22

October 9th 2013: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) congratulate the Brazilian government on taking bold steps to promote access to affordable medicines, and welcome new levels of cooperation between BRICS government counterparts to reform national patent laws in South Africa and Brazil.
 
Like South Africa, Brazil is currently amending its patent laws in order to benefit its people.
 
Today at the Brazilian House of Representatives a parliamentary committee report will be tabled, entitled...

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Thursday, 19 September 2013 - 16:28

The Minister of Health announced today results of an investigation into the state of healthcare in the Eastern Cape and aspects of a plan to address the crisis. He acknowledged that the impetus behind this response was pressure from the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) and a report released by certain Coalition members.
 
The ECHCAC welcomes the Minister’s commitments and is dedicated to monitoring their implementation. We will moreover continue to report on problems brought to our attention.
 
The Minister...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 15:56

Tomorrow the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is coordinating a nationwide day of action to demand an end to the on-going drug stock-out crisis ravaging across South Africa - as well as urgent action to address the deterioration of quality health care services in various parts of the country.
 
The TAC will be marching in solidarity with the people of the Eastern Cape, and a broad coalition of civil society organisations, to challenge the unacceptable condition of health care currently being provided in the Province. The TAC and SECTION27 today published a special report...

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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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