Fix The Patent Laws

South Africa must follow BRICS peers’ lead: fix our dysfunctional patent system & protect public health

As the 5th BRICS Summit kicks off today in Durban, the South African government must follow the lead of its BRICS peers to ensure that life-saving medicines are affordable. Other BRICS countries have fulfilled the commitments they made in July 2011 to enact public health safeguards spelled out in World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements. Decisive […]

A ‘shocking’ disregard for generics

By Mara Kardas-Nelson This article was originally published in the Mail&Guardian on 15 March 2013. The original is available at http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-15-a-shocking-disregard-for-generics Many drugs cost far more in South Africa than in countries with strict patent-vetting processes. Two thousand four hundred and forty-two. That’s the number of medicine patents South Africa granted in 2008. In Brazil, […]

  • 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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