Fix The Patent Laws

US civil society sends letter to US government in support of patent law reform in South Africa

On 6 November 2017, a group of US civil society organisations sent a letter urging the US government and industry not to interfere with South Africa’s efforts to promote access to lifesaving medicines. The group wrote they were “gravely concerned that the US government and industry representatives will try to undermine the South African government’s […]

Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Finalise the draft policy and amend laws to save lives, activists tell dti 24-10-2017 PRETORIA – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access […]

Submission by University of KwaZulu-Natal-Affiliated Academics on SA Draft Intellectual Property Policy

The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment comments on SA’s Draft IP Policy

On October 10, 2017, the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) and 22 NGOs working on cancer in South Africa and members of the Cancer Alliance, submitted comments to the South Africa on the Draft South Africa IP Policy. The text of the submission can be read here and below.

Patient groups welcome release of Draft Intellectual Property Policy

JOHANNESBURG, 14th AUGUST 2017 – On 8 August 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry published the Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I, 2017. The Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) welcomes its publication for public comment. The FTPL, a coalition of 34 patient advocacy groups, welcomes the clear […]

Letter to Cabinet Ministers: FTPL requests urgent finalisation of the draft intellectual property policy

On 7 June 2017, the FTPL coalition sent letters to all government ministers who form part of South Africa’s cabinet asking them to urgently finalise the draft intellectual property policy. The draft policy has been delayed in cabinet for more than 2 months, while people living in South Africa still struggle to access the medicines they […]

Coalition welcomes landmark Competition Commission probe into prices of cancer medicines

JOHANNESBURG, 13 JUNE 2017: The Fix the Patent Laws coalition welcomes the Competition Commission’s announcement earlier today that they will investigate the pricing of several cancer medicines in South Africa. This is a major victory in our struggle to ensure that all people in South Africa can access the medicines they need to stay healthy […]

eNCA Checkpoint documentary explores trastuzumab access challenges

On 14 March 2017, Checkpoint on eNCA aired a documentary exploring the access challenges faced by women in South Africa seeking trastuzumab – a WHO recommended essential medicine for HER2+ breast cancer. The documentary features the story of Tobeka Daki, in whose memory the Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab was launched. Watch the documentary […]

Tobeka Daki Campaign writes to the UN Human Rights Council on Women’s Day

This letter was issued by the Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab to the Human Rights Council today – on International Women’s Day – as they convene a panel discussion on access to medicines in the context of the right to health. The letter can be accessed here. —— Dear High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad […]

Global Day of Action Against Roche’s Inhumanity #RocheGreedKills

  ACTIVISTS AROUND THE WORLD MARCH #ForTobeka  – Demonstrations held at Roche & pharma associations in South Africa, Malaysia, UK, France, Zambia, Brazil, US – 108 organisations endorse a letter to Roche                               Tuesday, 7th February 2017 – Swiss multinational company Roche […]

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  • About the Campaign

    fix the patent laws
    Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). TAC is a non-profit organisation that seeks to ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality, comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life. Through this blog we will highlight how amending South Africa’s Patents Act 57 of 1978 will reduce the cost of medicines, improving the health and saving the lives of millions of South Africans.

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