Fix The Patent Laws

Accessing oral contraceptives, hepatitis B drugs and medicines for depression

Posted on | October 16, 2014 | No Comments

The South African Constitution guarantees the right to have access to healthcare services, and places a positive obligation upon the state to take measures that progressively realise that right. However, often people don’t have access to the medicines they need in South Africa because lifesaving drugs are priced out of reach, while cheaper generics are prevented from entering the market due to patent barriers. This affects all types of drugs: treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis, cancer, hepatitis, newer antiretroviral medications for HIV, and oral contraceptives.

Read more about the following medicine examples

Why we need to Fix the Patent Laws in South Africa:

Polar Opposite Prices for Antipsychotic Aripiprazole

Oral Contraceptives: Yasmin®,Yaz® and Ruby®

Entecavir and Hepatitis B

Sorafenib & Cancer Treatment


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  • 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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