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Protect the Right of Health – Help CANSA Fix the Patent Laws

Fix Patent Laws logoProblematic patent laws block access to critical breast cancer medicine.

Leading up to World Cancer Day (4 February 2016), the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition released a short video highlighting how shortcomings in South Africa’s patent laws contribute to barriers to access for critical breast cancer medicine trastuzumab.

The video includes powerful testimonies from three South African HER2 breast cancer patients – among them actress and breast cancer advocate, Lillian Dube, who has lent her support to Fix the Patent Laws.

The Fix the Patent Laws coalition is calling on the South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry to wrap up an arduous seven-year-long process to update South Africa’s patent laws and end abusive monopolistic practices that deny patients their right to health.

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About The Fix the Patent Laws Coalition

The Fix the Patent Laws Coalition is a coalition of 18 patient groups, including the Cancer Alliance, and Alliance members: the Cancer Association of Southern Africa (CANSA) and People Living with Cancer.

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