Fix the Patent Laws

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Dunno about you, but this pisses me off on so many levels. Not many of those levels are about me either. You guys know the drill – South Africa may be “Africa  Lite” (I cracked up laughing when Trevor Noah said that, it’s so accurate), but we still have 30-40% unemployment and a lot of poverty and our public health care is a joke and… well, just read this quote and then you’ll know why I’m so ratty about it.

Doctors Without Borders and Treatment Action Campaign argue that South Africa grants patents almost indiscriminately on most patent applications it receives, allowing companies monopolies on medicines, and keeping prices higher in South Africa than many other countries.

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And this too.

“Some (South African) cancer patients would rather go to other countries, like India, for treatment. The combined cost of the flight, medical services and drugs is cheaper than buying the drugs alone in South Africa,” said Bernice Lass of cancer group, CanSurvive, in an IPS interview.

Here’s the source of both of those quotes.

Here’s the part that inspires hope.

Campaign for Affordable Medicine Gains Ground in South Africa
NGOs join the fight to fix the medicine patent laws

And here’s the place to use your voice.

Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). TAC is a non-profit organisation that seeks to ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality, comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life. Through this blog we will highlight how amending South Africa’s Patents Act 57 of 1978 will reduce the cost of medicines, improving the health and saving the lives of millions of South Africans

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2 responses to “Fix the Patent Laws

  1. Reblogged this on Yve's Corner and commented:
    Quotes like “Some (South African) cancer patients would rather go to other countries, like India, for treatment. The combined cost of the flight, medical services and drugs is cheaper than buying the drugs alone in South Africa,” said Bernice Lass of cancer group, CanSurvive, in an IPS interview.” really gets my blood boiling. Illnesses are more like opportunities to make money than anything else.

    I’m sure I saw on Cart Blanche how some famous cricket player goes to India to Cancer treatment. Apparently, we don’t know what we’re doing here and it’s too expensive. So sad.

    Source of quote: http://afkinsider.com/97487/south-african-patent-laws-under-fire-for-affordable-meds/#sthash.O3J61veE.dpuf

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