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Fix the Patent Laws Report - Patent barries to medicine access in South Africa: A case for patent law reform
In this report, we present nine case studies that demonstrate how systemic shortcomings in South Africa’s patent laws negatively impact on access to medicines to treat a wide range of diseases in both the public and private sectors. The case studies illustrate how a flawed system can allow pharmaceutical companies to prolong their monopoly periods in South Africa for years – and sometimes even decades – after their patent protections have expired in other parts of the world, to the detriment of millions of patients.
Last updated 27 September 2016
Wambo.org, launched this year by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), is described as “a global marketplace offering a growing range of quality-assured, lifesaving medicines and health-related commodities at competitive, transparent prices.” Under development by the Global Fund since October 2014, it is already available to Global Fund grant recipients with a stated aim of being made available to public health partners.
Last updated 14 September 2016
We could have the vaccines, tests and medicines that we need, and they could be affordable. But today, many of the tools we need are too expensive, and many needs remain unaddressed by medical research. Governments provide billions of taxpayer dollars for medical research. They have the right - and the duty - to ensure that the money is used to meet people’s health needs.
Last updated 14 September 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is currently under consideration by the US and eleven other Pacific Rim nations: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The agreement is slated to further expand its membership, potentially to all 21 Asia Pacific APEC nations.
Last updated 9 September 2016
In May 2016 the ‘Review on Antimicrobial Resistance’, commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom and the Welcome Trust, was published by the AMR Review team lead by lord Jim O'Neill. The review set out nine broad recommendations for government intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Last updated 22 July 2016
This report provides an update on the key facets of HIV treatment access, including the latest HIV treatment guidelines from World Health Organization (WHO), an overview on pricing for first-line, second-line, and salvage regimens, and a summary of the opportunities for – and threats to – expanding access to affordable antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Last updated 15 July 2016
From 2013-2016 the UNITAID-funded MSF HIV viral load initiative has supported the programmatic and/or laboratory scale-up of viral load testing in seven countries (DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe) performing almost 320,000 viral load tests. The three years of implementation have seen both laboratory and programmatic strategies developed to enhance the uptake of routine viral load. Success withstanding, significant challenges still remain.
Last updated 8 July 2016
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a regional trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. In terms of impact, RCEP will cover nearly 50% of the world’s population – including the most impoverished, vulnerable and marginalized people living in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Last updated 13 June 2016
Time to align medical research and development with people’s health needs Every day, MSF staff confront significant gaps in the availability of medical tools to address the health needs of the people we aim to care for, in crisis-affected communities in more than 60 countries. These gaps – which have persisted for as long as MSF has been in operation – contribute to preventable deaths and exacerbate ongoing humanitarian and medical crises.
Last updated 29 April 2016
According to the World Health Organization, the number of malaria deaths has fallen globally from 839,000 in 2000 to 438,000 in 2015. This is partly due to the scale up of artesunate-based combination therapies and specifically the use of injectable artesunate for the most severe forms of the disease. However, there are still many malaria deaths because patients simply cannot reach a health care center, where these injections can be administered, quickly enough.
Last updated 25 April 2016