Fix The Patent Laws

Court Case Blocks Cheaper Version of Birth Control Pill

Context: Patents on medicines block generic competitors from entering the market, and allow patent holders to charge high prices as long as they maintain a sales monopoly. High prices can limit people and governments’ ability to afford the medicines they need. Companies often try to engage in patent “evergreening”—this means that after applying for an […]

  • 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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