Fix The Patent Laws

TAC and MSF welcome government’s announcement that the draft IP policy will be presented to Cabinet on 5 December 2012

Report of the meeting ‘Time to rethink our patent laws: A public health perspective’ On 23 October 2012 the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hosted a meeting to examine intellectual property in South Africa from a public health perspective. The meeting explored the challenges posed by excessive pharmaceutical patenting in the […]

TAC responds to IMSA in Medical Chronicle article

The below article was published online by the Medical Chronicle on 8 October. The article was prepared by TAC’s Catherine Tomlinson and Marcus Low in response to criticism by IMSA of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign. The IMSA article is also published below. SA Should Take Advantage of Key Flexibilities to Protect Health By […]

New ‘Patent Opposition Database’ highlights gaps in South African patent law

2012-10-08 Johannesburg – A new online resource to help civil society and patient groups challenge unwarranted pharmaceutical patents, called the ‘Patent Opposition Database’, was launched last week by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). However, this tool will remain largely unusable in South Africa unless the country changes its restrictive patent laws, which don’t allow […]

  • 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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