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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 - 12:34
The Varsity Kudus is a running group based at Wits University in Johannesburg. TAC secretariat member and avid runner, Mark Heywood, belongs to the Kudus club. Runners for Health is a running group of TAC that was organised and is lead by TAC’s General Secretary, Vuyiseka Dubula.
 
Runners for Health aim to participate in the 2012 Comrades Marathon, South Africa’s gruelling, annual 89km (56 miles) race running between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. This year’s race will take place on 3 June. The Kudus are raising money for Runners for Health's participation in...
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Friday, 11 May 2012 - 13:59

On 15 May 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments in the case of Aventis Pharma SA and Others v Cipla Life Sciences and Others in the patent dispute over the cancer medicine Docetaxel (brand name Taxotere). The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has been admitted to the proceedings as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and is represented by SECTION27. TAC will argue for the protection of the rights of people in need of medicines in disputes of this nature.

On 15 May 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments in the case of Aventis Pharma SA and Others v...

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Friday, 11 May 2012 - 12:06

On 15 May 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments in the case of Aventis Pharma SA and Others v Cipla Life Sciences and Others in the patent dispute over the cancer medicine Docetaxel (brand name Taxotere). The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has been admitted to the proceedings as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and is represented by SECTION27. TAC will argue for the protection of the rights of people in need of medicines in disputes of this nature.

Docetaxel is used in the treatment of various cancers, including breast and lung cancers. The medicine has also been...

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Thursday, 10 May 2012 - 16:29

Statement by the Treatment Action Campaign, the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa, the Rural Health Advocacy Project, the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Médecins Sans Frontières

There have been ongoing shortages of antiretroviral medicines, specifically tenofovir (TDF) and abacavir (ABC) since March in facilities across South Africa. These shortages are compromising the health of patients taking these medicines. We call for urgent resolution of the shortages and for an enquiry into their cause.

Statement by the...

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Friday, 20 April 2012 - 11:43

 

The TAC National Council has resolved to seek admission in a legal dispute between the brand name drug company Aventis Pharma and the generic company Cipla, over a claim of patent infringement on a drug that treats cancer called Docetaxel. SECTION27 will act as attorneys for TAC. This briefing note sets out the background to the legal dispute and explains why TAC is arguing that the Supreme Court of Appeal must consider the right of access to health care services when it judges this dispute.

 

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