Fix The Patent Laws

Invitation to attend TAC and MSF workshop during the Peoples Health Assembly

When: 14:30 – 16:30, Sunday 8 July 2012 Where: Peoples Health Assembly, The University of the Western Cape (UWC), Room TBA Attendance open to all registered participants of the PHA During the 3rd Peoples Health Assembly, to be hosted in Cape Town from 6 – 11 July, the Treatment Action Campaign and Médecins Sans Frontières […]

Law professor at UKZN demonstrates how SA’s patent laws favour foreign companies

In 2011 Professor Yousuf Vawda of the Law Faculty at the University of Kwazulu-Natal wrote an important paper titled ‘Pharmaceutical Innovation, Incremental Patenting and Compulsory Licensing Country Case Study: South Africa’. This report was commissioned by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on the same topic in five developing countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, India and […]

China and others stride ahead on compulsory licensing – where is South Africa?

With recent amendments to its patent laws, China becomes the latest in a string of countries to promote access to medicines through an enhanced compulsory licensing (CL) framework. South Africa must move to develop more effective CL laws of its own. CL is when a government allows someone to produce a patented product or process […]

Invitation to a public lecture at UCT: FIX THE LAW, SAVE OUR LIVES

  A public lecture by Catherine Tomlinson, Senior Researcher for the Treatment Action Campaign and Mara Kardas-Nelson, Access and Innovation Officer for Médecins Sans Frontières   When: 14 June 2012, 18:00 for 18:30        Where: Barnard Fuller, Conference Room 4, University of Cape Town On Thursday, 14 June 2012 the Peoples Health Movement, the Treatment Action […]

  • About the Campaign

    fix the patent laws
    Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign co-founded by SECTION27, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2011. Since then, the coalition has grown to include 38 other organisations fighting together to push South Africa to amend its patent laws to prioritise public health. 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.

    The members of the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign are as follows: Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCD Alliance), DiabetesSA, EpilepsySA, Marie Stopes South Africa, Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Cape Mental Health (CMH), the South African Federation of Mental Health (SAFMH), Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Alliance (SABDA), as well as the following members of the Cancer Alliance and Advocates for Breast Cancer: Breast Course 4 Nurses, Breast Health Foundation, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Cancer Heroes, Can-Sir, CanSurvive, Care for Cancer Foundation, Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA), Igazi Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, Love your Nuts, Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (LAOSA), Men’s Foundation, National Council Against Smoking, National Oncology Nursing Association of SA, Pancreatic Cancer Network of SA (PanCan), People Living With Cancer (PLWC), Pink Trees for Pauline, Pink Phoenix Cancer Foundation, Pocket Cancer Support, Project Flamingo, Rainbows and Smiles, Reach for Recovery, South African Oncology Social Work Forum (SAOSWF), The Pink Parasol Project, The Sunflower Fund, Vrede Foundation and Wings of Hope.

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