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Summary: 1st WHO essential diagnostic list focusing on mainly communicable diseases with a recommendation to include more NCDs in a future edition. PHC and facility level essential package.   Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson Improving NCDs diagnosis & treatment outcomes Today, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly…

JOHANNESBURG, 14th AUGUST 2017 – On 8 August 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry published the Draft Intellectual Property Policy of the Republic of South Africa, Phase I, 2017. The Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) welcomes its publication for public comment. The FTPL, a coalition of 34 patient advocacy groups, welcomes the clear…

    In a damning report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department and MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo will have to answer why and how possibly thousands of Cancer patients have gone without treatment being left to die. The report highlighted that in the province cancer patients have had to wait…

The Competition Commission of South Africa Media For immediate release 13 June 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE COMMISSIONER ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO MANUFACTURERS OF CANCER DRUGS Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media. As you may be aware, the Competition Commission has identified the healthcare sector, and in particular, pharmaceuticals, as a priority sector…

Written By: Giulia Paravicini Original Content For PoliticoPro     Britain’s competition watchdog has fined drug companies Pfizer and Flynn Pharma a total of almost £90 million for overcharging the National Health Service (NHS) for an epilepsy drug and ordered the medication’s price be reduced. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the pharma giants’ 2,600 percent overnight price hike…

The SA NCD Alliance attended at the second Fix the Patent Laws training and advocacy workshop host by MSF South Africa in Johannesburg. The meeting aimed to further the advocacy into South African patent la reforms taking partners from all areas of civil society and related fields. Over the two days advocacy work was further…

Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) leas partners Medecines Sans Frontiers held their first training workshop and civil society consulting meeting on July 24th-25th at the offices of Section 27 in Johannesburg. The training workshop brought together civil society organisations and stakeholders to learn about patent law reform.  South African urgently needs to reform patent laws for medicines…

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has blamed manufacturers for shortages of medicines including HIV and tuberculosis drugs, but a civil society coalition has alleged 80%of stock outs are due to poor management. Community members have also complained about medicine stock outs. In the Stop the Stock Outs Project’s latest survey, more than 40 percent of…

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