Fix The Patent Laws

DTI reneges on IP policy commitments

On 24 April 2013, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies stated that South Africa’s new intellectual property (IP) policy would not be released for public comment any time soon. This starkly contrasts with a number of promises in the past two years, by both the Minister and officials in the Department of Trade and […]

Ending the book famine for the blind

By Marcus Low This article was originally published on GroundUp on April 10 2013. The original article can be accessed here A treaty that has the potential to change the lives of millions of blind people is at risk of being hijacked by publishers who show no sympathy for the difficulties faced by blind people […]

TAC tweets photo messages to @EU_Commission in protest of the EU’s efforts to block access to affordable medicine

TAC joins global actions against the European Union’s on-going efforts to restrict access to affordable medicines. The EU and India are in the final stages of negotiations for an EU-India free trade agreement (FTA). EU is also currently negotiating FTAs with Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.  The EU has repeatedly attempted to use these […]

Debunking Pharma’s Cant Against the Novartis Judgment: Myth and Fact

Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst Health GAP April 2, 2013 Novartis, its fellow Big Pharma multinationals, Chambers of Commerce, and PhRMA have all roundly denounced India’s Supreme Court’s decision invalidating Novartis’ patent application for Glivec (Gleevec in the United States) and its affirmation of strict anti-evergreening standards of patentability and inventive step in […]

The 2012/2013 South African Health Review provides an analysis of the draft IP policy

The 2012/2013 South African Health Review was launched on 2 April 2013. The first chapter of the publication reviews ‘Health policy and legislation’ in the country. The chapter includes a useful analysis of the draft intellectual property policy for South Africa, as well as the ruling in the recent docetaxel case. The chapter, which has […]

India’s Supreme Court upholds the right to medicine

For the past 7 years, the Indian government has faced on-going court challenges and bullying by the pharmaceutical company Novartis. Novartis’s challenge has centred on provisions in the Indian Patents Act that exclude new uses and formulations of existing medicines from patentability. Specifically, Novartis challenged India’s rejection of its patent application for the cancer medicine […]

  • 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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