21 April 2013

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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