Fix The Patent Laws

Intellectual Property Policy Incoherence at the African Union Threatens Access to Medicines – Proposed Pan-African IP Organization a Terrible Idea

              Image from Northeastern University School of Law Professor Brook K. Baker, Policy Analyst Health GAP September 26, 2012 In a stunning development, following an obscure vote of Heads of State at the Africa Union in 2007 (Assembly Council/AU/Dec. 138(VIII)), the AU Scientific, Technical, and Research Commission has proposed […]

Bayer’s attempt to block generic production of Sorafenib rejected; case on India’s first compulsory license still to be heard in court

Image from MSF Access Campaign Last week, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board of India rejected an attempt by the pharmaceutical company Bayer to stop the generic company Natco from producing a generic version of Sorafenib, used to treat liver and kidney cancer, while a court case over the country’s first compulsory license is deliberated.

The Lancet publishes important article on patent law and health

The medical journal The Lancet has published an insightful summery of current legal challenges to India’s patent law. The authors argue that “pending cases against India’s patent laws threaten public health and misinterpret international intellectual property agreements”. This is also our view.

Fire in the Blood

A tribute to the strength of sustained, global activism for affordable medicines Fire in the Blood trailer v3jul12 from Fire in the Blood on Vimeo. The 2012 film Fire in the Blood depicts the battle between HIV treatment activists (for access to affordable antiretroviral medicines) and the pharmaceutical industry (for the protection of their patents […]

Minister Motsoaledi’s speech on competition and healthcare

Minister Motsoaledi made the keynote speech at the 6th Annual Conference on Competition Laws. In the speech he pointed to the success of measures to protect competition in improving access to HIV treatment and prevention in the country. His full speech can be found here

  • About the Campaign

    fix the patent laws
    Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign co-founded by SECTION27, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2011. Since then, the coalition has grown to include 38 other organisations fighting together to push South Africa to amend its patent laws to prioritise public health. 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.

    The members of the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign are as follows: Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCD Alliance), DiabetesSA, EpilepsySA, Marie Stopes South Africa, Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Cape Mental Health (CMH), the South African Federation of Mental Health (SAFMH), Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Alliance (SABDA), as well as the following members of the Cancer Alliance and Advocates for Breast Cancer: Breast Course 4 Nurses, Breast Health Foundation, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Cancer Heroes, Can-Sir, CanSurvive, Care for Cancer Foundation, Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA), Igazi Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, Love your Nuts, Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (LAOSA), Men’s Foundation, National Council Against Smoking, National Oncology Nursing Association of SA, Pancreatic Cancer Network of SA (PanCan), People Living With Cancer (PLWC), Pink Trees for Pauline, Pink Phoenix Cancer Foundation, Pocket Cancer Support, Project Flamingo, Rainbows and Smiles, Reach for Recovery, South African Oncology Social Work Forum (SAOSWF), The Pink Parasol Project, The Sunflower Fund, Vrede Foundation and Wings of Hope.

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