The government planned to overhaul intellectual property laws to improve access to cheaper medicines by making it harder for pharmaceutical firms to register and roll over patents for drugs, a senior official said yesterday... If approved by parliament, the changes should mean cheaper medication for cancer and HIV/Aids in South Africa, which has one of the world's highest HIV infection rates..."South Africans are missing out on affordable versions of life-saving medicines because generic competition is blocked by frivolous patents that prevent or delay generic competition," Julia Hill of Doctors Without Borders' Access Campaign said in a statement...

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