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Will local production of APIs offer the health, development and economic benefits promised by government?

The South African government recently announced plans to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in partnership with the Swiss based company Lonza Ltd. APIs are the active ingredients that are used to produce medicines. Medicines also contain inactive ingredients called excipients. South Africa has a relatively large and competitive generic pharmaceutical industry made up of a […]

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South Africa’s medical schemes hoodwinked by AstraZeneca

Esomeprazole highlights how South Africa’s medical schemes are paying the price for the country’s strict protection of intellectual property, coupled with weak standards of patentability. South Africa should amend its Patents Act to explicitly exclude new formulation medicines from patentability in order to reduce the cost of medicines.  Additionally the fact that Esomeprazole retains market […]

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Patent trickery

A critique of South Africa’s patent laws was published in the February 2012 issue of South African magazine Noseweek. The article further highlighted how our laws have allowed pharmaceutical giant Bayer to block generic versions of Yasmin from entering the market, retaining their monopoly on the popular birth control tablets. Read the article at  http://www.noseweek.co.za/article/2678/Patent-trickery

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Twelve years on ARVs

Globally, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV. Yet many antiretroviral medicines, including the medicines used to treat people failing on 2nd line antiretroviral therapy, are not provided in the public sector. 3rd line medicine are expensive as they are under patent and no generic versions of these medicines are available. […]

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TAC/ MSF media workshop on intellectual property and access to medicine

        TAC and MSF will host workshops for journalists on intellectual property and medicine access on 26 March in Cape Town and 28 March in Johannesburg. Further details are available here If you are a journalist and interested in attending the workshop, please contact catherine.tomlinson@tac.org.za

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Africa IP Forum postponed

Following an outcry by international civil society about the organisation and programme for the upcoming Africa IP Forum (see details below), individuals that had registered to attend the meeting received notice that the Forum has been postponed. TAC received the email posted below on 24 February: “Dear Delegates, The Africa Intellectual Property Forum organizers would […]

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Open letter to the Department of Trade and Industry

In the open letter to the Department of Trade and Industry below, we request a meeting with Minister Rob Davies to discuss (1) South Africa’s IP policy; (2) amendments that South Africa can make to its laws to facilitate access to more affordable generic medicines; and, (3) our concerns around the upcoming Africa IP Summit. […]

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