Fix The Patent Laws

Fire in the Blood

Posted on | September 11, 2012 | No Comments

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 and profits). The film demonstrates the power of a sustained treatment activism in securing access to affordable 1st and 2nd line antiretroviral medicines.

While the success of these activists was unprecedented, the battle for affordable medicines is far from over with many new medicines remaining unavailable to the majority of people who need them. The Fix the Patent laws campaign is part of ongoing efforts by activists to ensure that private patent rights do not undermine the ability of developing countries to access these medicines.

The film will be released in various countries this spring and summer. For updates releases and screenings, follow Fire in the Blood on facebook and twitter


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  • 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.

  • Read the TAC and MSF campaign pamphlet

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