Activists In South Africa Demand Country Update Patent Laws To Help Improve Access To Medicines
Quartz: South Africa’s outdated patent laws are standing in the way of affordable, lifesaving drugs
“…Protests in Pretoria on Sept. 27 sought to highlight the exorbitant prices of many lifesaving drugs in the country. [The group of activists behind the Fix the Patent Law campaign] lay the blame on medical patent laws that allow drug companies to charge full price for medication that can be purchased for much less in other parts of the world. The hepatitis B treatment, for instance, costs about $400 in South Africa, compared to just $35 in India…” (Chutel, 9/27).