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SA drug patent laws cost lives

This article was originally published by eNCA on 23rd July 2013 and can be accessed here.  A further interview with MSF Access Campaign Advocacy Officer Julia Hill can also be found there. CAPE TOWN – The country’s patent laws are costing ill people dearly. South Africans are denied access to affordable medication because drug companies […]

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Dancing and tears greet book treaty for blind

This article was originally published by GroundUp on 3 July 2013. The original article can be accessed here By Marcus Low On 22 June a treaty for the blind was heading for disaster as negotiators stalled and refused to budge on hardline positions. Three days later a negotiator stepped out of a boardroom in the […]

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Opening statement by TAC’s Marcus Low at Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference

TAC’s Marcus Low is currently participating in the Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference to conclude a WIPO Treaty to facilitate access to published works by visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities. The Diplomatic Conference is currently (17 – 28 June) taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. See below Marcus’s opening statement made on 19 June. Marcus […]

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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 […]

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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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