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Hundreds of protestors descend on DTI's Pretoria offices demanding access to affordable medicines
Hundreds of protestors descend on DTI's Pretoria offices demanding access to affordable medicines
More than 1 000 activists marched on the Pretoria head office of the department of trade and industry Tuesday to demand patent reforms to ensure...
Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states
Lift the veil on drug pricing and trade agreements, the UN urges companies and states
A United Nations panel has called for pharmaceutical companies and governments to be more transparent about drug prices and closed door trade...
Bhekisisa's stories changing lives: 'People were finally helping me'
Bhekisisa's stories changing lives: 'People were finally helping me'
He once wore his blue-and-white striped Hugo Boss shirt with pride but it became a source of despair for Bongani Ngcobo, who has tuberculosis....
Activists fear a pharmaceutical plot is at play
Activists fear a pharmaceutical plot is at play
With no word on when the long-awaited National Policy on Intellectual Property will be finalised, activists are anxious "big business" is getting a...
New drug policy is patently high risk
New drug policy is patently high risk
An unprecedented and controversial overhaul of South Africa's patent system – already in motion – promises either cheaper drugs and economic...
Big pharma companies seek higher profits by cleaning out their medicine chests
Big pharma companies seek higher profits by cleaning out their medicine chests
Leading global pharmaceutical companies have started to view their vast portfolios of older, established prescription drugs as vehicles for raising...
Patients before patents, demand health activists
Patients before patents, demand health activists
Activists have demanded that government provide access to cheaper medicines for patients by finalising South Africa's long-awaited intellectual...
[Slideshow]TB epidemic: Are we paying enough attention?
[Slideshow]TB epidemic: Are we paying enough attention?
A person dies of TB every 25 seconds – and the disease is on the rise in South Africa. So who is fighting the battle for access to better treatments?
[Slideshow]Dying for access to cheap medicine
[Slideshow]Dying for access to cheap medicine
Did you know some medicines are 60 times more expensive in SA than in many other countries? Our patent laws are one of the reasons behind these inflated prices.
Brazil's sick of patent exploitation
Brazil's sick of patent exploitation
In 1996, in reaction to the enormity of the country's HIV epidemic and citing its constitutional obligation to protect the right to health, the...
Generic cancer drug - access not guaranteed
Generic cancer drug - access not guaranteed
Imatinib is used primarily for treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, and gastrointestinal stromal tumours, or GIST. The government of...
India makes breakthrough drug patent ruling against Novartis
India makes breakthrough drug patent ruling against Novartis
Swiss company Novartis fought a seven-year legal battle to gain patent protection for an updated version of its blockbuster cancer drug Glivec,...

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