[Ip-health] TAC Initial Reaction to Big Pharma attempts to derail IP Reform

Lotti Rutter lotti.rutter at mail.tac.org.za
Fri Jan 17 02:22:04 PST 2014


http://www.tac.org.za/news/tac-responds-big-pharma-plan-derail-patent-law-reform-south-africa

TAC RESPONDS TO BIG PHARMA PLAN TO DERAIL PATENT LAW REFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Today the Mail & Guardian published a story entitled - "Motsoaledi: Big
pharma's 'satanic' plot is genocide"
<http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-16-motsoaledi-big-pharmas-satanic-plot-is-genocide>regarding
leaked documents revealing the international pharmaceutical industry
planned a $450,000 campaign against the proposed patent law reforms in
South Africa. In reaction Vuyiseka Dubula, General Secretary at the
Treatment Action Campaign made the following statement:

"The Treatment Action Campaign is outraged over what appears to be a covert
and well-funded plan from the foreign pharmaceutical industry to delay an
essential law reform process in South Africa. It takes us back to the turn
of the century when 39 pharmaceutical companies took President Nelson
Mandela and the South African government to court to try to stop
legislative reform to improve South Africa’s ability to access affordable
life-saving medicines. Now, just weeks after his death, foreign
pharmaceutical companies are coordinating another major attack on this
right.

We call for the urgent finalisation and release of the Department of Trade
and Industry’s long awaited Intellectual Property Policy. Any further
delays are unacceptable and will have far reaching impact on the provision
of public health. We will not allow foreign industry to derail this
national process, especially in such a secret and underhanded way.The TAC
fought before and we will fight again now to protect the Constitutional
rights of all people in South Africa."



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*For media enquiries please contact:*

Vuyiseka Dubula - TAC General Secretary

+27 82 763 3005



Lotti Rutter - TAC Senior Researcher

+27 81 818 8493

lotti.rutter at tac.org.za
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*Lotti Rutter*
Senior Researcher
Policy, Communications and Research

Treatment Action Campaign
Tel: 021 422 1700
Cell: 081 818 8493
Skype: lotti.rutter
Twitter: @FixPatentLaw

www.fixthepatentlaws.org
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