Fix The Patent Laws

LEADING HEALTH ORGANISATIONS JOIN FIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE MEDICINES

Expanded coalition calls for urgent approval of National Policy on Intellectual Property JOHANNESBURG, 2nd JUNE 2015: Today, patient groups and other leading health organisations in South Africa have joined the Fix the Patent Laws campaign to push for reform of the country’s current patent laws that severely restrict access to affordable medicines for all people living […]

TAC WELCOME PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER JOINING THE FIX THE PATENT LAWS CAMPAIGN

THURSDAY 5th FEBRUARY, CAPE TOWN: Yesterday, on World Cancer Day , People Living With Cancer – a South African support group representing thousands of patients – publically signed on to support the Fix the Patent Laws campaign. The campaign aims to ensure access to affordable medicines for all people living in South Africa including those […]

TAC, SECTION27 AND MSF APPLAUD INDIA’S REJECTION OF PATENT ON NEW HEPATITIS C MEDICINE

JOHANNESBURG, Tuesday 20th January: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SECTION27 applaud India’s decision to reject a patent application on sofosbuvir, an important new treatment for Hepatitis C. Last Wednesday’s decision paves the way for increased access to more affordable sofosbuvir in India and other countries who choose to implement legal […]

Open Letter: Promoting Access to Affordable Medicines in South Africa through Patent Law Reform

17 October 2014 – Open letter to President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies This is an open letter from individuals and organisations concerned with the ability of people everywhere to have access to medicines which save lives and enhance quality of life. We are writing in support of the South […]

NATIONAL SUMMIT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE PATENT LAW REFORM TO BRING DOWN PRICES OF MEDICINES

October 20th, 2014—PRETORIA: Patients, doctors and members of civil society meet today with government experts to plot a course for quickly reforming South Africa’s patent laws, so that people can access the life-saving medicines they need at affordable prices. The National Summit on Intellectual Property (IP) and Access to Medicines in Pretoria was organised by […]

  • 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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