Fix The Patent Laws

Pharmagate and the economics of patent law reform

A shortened version of this article was originally published in the Financial Mail of January 24-29. By Marcus Low, Treatment Action Campaign. We are deeply perturbed by revelations in last Friday’s Mail & Guardian exposing what appears to be a very well-funded, covert plot by foreign pharmaceutical companies and their local subsidiaries to delay a […]

Statement of South Africa on Access to Essential Medicines (in the wake of Pharmagate)

This statement was originally published on the Knowledge Ecology International website by Thiru Balasubramaniam: On Thursday, 23 January 2014, Malebona Precious Matsoso (Director General of the South African National Department of Health) delivered the the following intervention at the 134th session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board under agenda item 9.7 on Access to essential […]

Patents: Reform or Lose

Article originally published by the NSP Review here. By Lotti Rutter, Treatment Action Campaign Achieving the National Strategic Plan (NSP) objectives depends on the effective use of the national health budget. But is there sufficient emphasis on value for money in the health sector at a time when South Africa is struggling to meet its […]

COSATU reacts to big pharma’s plot to derail patent law reform in SA

On 18th January, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) put out the following statement in response to the #PharmaGate scandal – pertaining to a leaked international pharmaceutical industry plot to derail national plans for patent law reform in South Africa: “The Congress of South African Trade Unions condemns with the contempt it deserves […]

US PhRMA Bares its Fangs – South Africa Patent Law Reform and Access to Medicine at Risk Yet Again

By Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst, Health GAP PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America) is putting $350,000 on the table to stop proposed patent law reform in South Africa and instead to lobby for even more monopoly protections for medicines.  Why would a pharmaceutical association from the US be so interested in an […]

TAC, SECTION27 and MSF react to PharmaGate

Today the Mail & Guardian published a story entitled – “Motsoaledi: Big pharma’s ‘satanic’ plot is genocide” regarding leaked documents revealing that the international pharmaceutical industry planned a $450,000 campaign against the proposed patent law reforms in South Africa. In reaction the Treatment Action Campaign’s General Secretary Vuyiseka Dubula made the following statement: “The Treatment Action Campaign […]

  • 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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