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The battle against Big Pharma for cheap drugs

Drug makers are fighting attempts to change the patent laws in South Africa that would allow cheaper generics on to the market – life-saving medication to treat life-threatening diseases. There is precedent for the country, however, in a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court over the patent for cancer drug Gleevec.

Plant remedies get R30m boost

‘Patent herbal medicines’

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has urged traditional healers to patent traditional medicines and protect indigenous knowledge, while also encouraging an increase in research and development of such medicines.
Patent Fund boost for inventors

Patent Fund boost for inventors

Help is at hand for South Africa's inventors. The Patent Support Fund, launched by the Department of Science and Technology, aims to help local developers secure patents for their products.


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