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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A ‘shocking’ disregard for generics

By Mara Kardas-Nelson This article was originally published in the Mail&Guardian on 15 March 2013. The original is available at http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-15-a-shocking-disregard-for-generics Many drugs cost far more in South Africa than in countries with strict patent-vetting processes. Two thousand four hundred and forty-two. That’s the number of medicine patents South Africa granted in 2008. In Brazil, […]

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Photos of yesterday’s picket

Photographs from the TAC/MSF picket at Gallagher Estate, directed at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), can be found here. The picket took place on 26 February 2013 during the DTI’s ‘AFrica IP Forum’.

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On eve of ‘Africa IP Forum’, TAC and MSF ask Minister Rob Davies: “Patent law reform is long overdue, where are your proposals?”

        JOHANNESBURG, 25 February – This week the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sponsors a high-level forum to discuss harnessing intellectual property (IP) to encourage African economic development and prosperity. Yet the DTI’s own new draft Policy on Intellectual Property still languishes out of sight and mind for most […]

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