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Activists demand Johnson & Johnson drop the price of vital TB medicine bedaquiline

Contact: Ngqabutho Mpofu (Treatment Action Campaign): 27 61 807 6443| ngqabutho.mpofu@tac.org.za Lotti Rutter (Health GAP): +27 82 065 5842| lotti@healthgap.org (Durban, South Africa)— Today activists stormed the corporate stall of multinational pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) at the 9th South African AIDS Conference. The activists demanded that Janssen urgently drop the price of […]

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No fair prices for medicine without access and transparency

Statement from 64 civil society organisations and coalitions ahead of the second meeting of the Fair Pricing Forum, hosted by the World Health Organization and South African government April 11-13th in Johannesburg. The Fair Pricing Forum will ask what is a fair price for a medicine? We accept that different stakeholders will have different understandings […]

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WIPO conference an insult to people who died of AIDS

Johannesburg, 24 October 2018 – This week South Africa is hosting a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference titled “Respect for IP – Growing from the Tip of Africa. Amongst others this conference will discuss “how intellectual property crime can be treated with higher priority by police authorities to ensure the safety of the public.” […]

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New laws needed now to save lives: FTPL statement on new IP policy

Intellectual property policy welcomed after nine years of development JOHANNESBURG, 31 MAY 2018 – Yesterday, after nine years of development, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) finally published the Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I. The policy has been adopted by cabinet and as such represents official government policy, […]

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South African Cabinet Approves New Intellectual Property Policy

  The Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) welcomes the news today that the Cabinet of the Government of South Africa has approved the new Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. After nine years of policy development, two different draft policies and various rounds of public consultation, we now finally have an agreed-upon government policy that can […]

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In loving memory of Sue Johnson (04/04/1954 – 16/05/2018)

It is with immense sadness that the Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) Coalition shares the news of the passing of a dear friend and brave patient advocate, Sue Johnson. Sue was a mother of two children and grandmother to two girls. She was born in the UK and moved to South Africa in 1983, where […]

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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Finalise the draft policy and amend laws to save lives, activists tell dti 24-10-2017 PRETORIA – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access […]

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