Monday, 4 April 2016 - 10:15

We are not fooled: Global health activists confront pharmaceutical industry over excessive medicine prices
On 1st April 2016, activists across the world are protesting against the greed that blocks access to essential medicines. April Fools’ Day is an appropriate day to highlight both the extortionate price of medicines and the lack of transparency around research and development (R&D) costs.
The protest is coordinated by a coalition of over 25 health advocacy groups from 6 continents. Today’s demonstrations are being held outside offices of...

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 08:12

THURSDAY 31st MARCH 2015, JOHANNESBURG – Today, members of the Fix the Patent Laws campaign, including Advocates for Breast Cancer, the Cancer Alliance, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Doctors without Borders, People Living with Cancer, SECTION27, the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, the Treatment Action Campaign, and Wings of Hope are picketing outside pharmaceutical company Roche to highlight the excessive price of a life-saving breast cancer medicine.
Women with a specific form of breast cancer, HER2 positive, require a medicine...

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 12:20

On Wednesday evening Justice Edwin Cameron described the fact that some people cannot access the medicines they need as deserving of moral outrage. Justice Cameron was speaking at an event co-hosted by the Department of Health and the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Access to Medicines.
A lack of access to essential medicines in both rich and poor countries has been one of the key themes of the global dialogues conducted in London and Johannesburg over the last week and a half by the High Level Panel.
Whether it is women in Wales who...

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Monday, 14 March 2016 - 12:38

On Thursday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) together with partners Cape Mental Health, Advocates for Breast Cancer, People Living with Cancer, and SECTION27 will picket outside hearings held by the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines (details below).
We will urge the High Level Panel to place the public interest and the right to health ahead of the private interests of pharmaceutical companies. The High Level Panel is tasked with considering and exploring solutions to the “policy incoherence between...

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Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 14:29

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations today wrote to South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi urging the rapid introduction of a new tuberculosis (TB) test in hospitals in South Africa. The letter can be read here.

TB is particularly difficult to diagnose in people living with HIV who have low immunity or who are seriously ill. This group of people are also at particularly high risk of TB. The Lipoarabinomannan, or LAM test, works...

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