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Monday, 14 September 2009 - 11:44

By Mark Heywood, Director of the AIDS Law Project

Last week the great and good of the South African private health industry and the national Health Department gathered for four days at Sun City to deliberate on the future of health care and the proposed system of National Health Insurance (NHI). They started their conference with a golf day and ended with a banquet, dress: ‘black tie or traditional’. Whilst the pro- and not-so-sure NHI’ers differed on the conference floor, they mixed easily on the dance floor.

Intense debates about the future health system took place, with...

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Friday, 11 September 2009 - 11:23

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world's largest pharmaceutical developers, and Aspen Pharmacare, South Africa's largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, intend to merge their South African operations. As part of the merger, most of GSK's South African operations will become part of Aspen. GSK will purchase 16% of Aspen's shares and become the company's single-largest shareholder.

Following submissions and correspondence from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research (CAPRISA) and the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS),...

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009 - 14:22

Almost a year subsequent to the last ART moratorium in the Free State, during which the HIV Clinicians Society estimated that an additional thirty people a day died from AIDS due to their inability to access antiretroviral treatment (ART), the CEO of the province’s HIV programme has stated that another moratorium is likely to be implemented this month.

It is government’s responsibility to make ART accessible and sustainable, as stated in the National Strategic Plan (NSP), to which government has committed. The NSP aims to treat 80% of people who need ART by 2011, and to reduce HIV...

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Wednesday, 2 September 2009 - 18:33

The Advertising Standards Authority of Southern Africa (ASASA) ruled that advertising of the herbal supplement Revivo must be withdrawn in South Africa. Revivo advertising made unsubstantiated and misleading claims that the product works as a treatment for HIV. The ASASA ruling was made in response to a consumer complaint lodged by Patrick Linzer.

TAC is very grateful to Mr. Linzer for making the compliant against Aconite Medical Suppliers cc, the company that produces Revivo. Aconite Medical Suppliers cc has been misleading consumers in order to make a profit.

The...

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Monday, 31 August 2009 - 11:05

Uncle John, a 59 year old TAC member who had been openly living with HIV, will be missed. He joined TAC in 2000 and was one of the founders of TAC Atlantis branch on the West Coast of Cape Town. He was very active in the community through gardening projects for support groups. He was also one of the first members to receive ARV treatment with the TAC Treatment Project under Dr Peterson at the time when ARV’s were not available in South Africa. He served as a Treatment literacy educator in the local clinics and hospital in Atlantis. Many TAC members know him as Uncle John.

Uncle John...

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