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New policy to aid meds access in SA

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2018-06-01

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CAPE ARGUS South Africa’s new policy to guide law reform on intellectual property rights will significantly improve access to medicines for South Africans, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said. Motsoaledi and his counterpart in trade and industry, Rob Davies, briefed journalists yesterday on the Intellectual Property Policy recently adopted by cabinet. The aim of the policy is to balance private rights with rights in South Africa's constitution. Phase one of the policy will focus on the healthcare sector. The policy gives effect to the 2001 Doha Declaration on the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights), which gives member states flexibility to bypass patents rights and ensure access to live saving medicines. Motsoaledi said its hoped the policy will lead to cheaper drugs for the public and private healthcare sector in South Africa. Davies said one of the most important aspects of the new policy is that it would require a "system of substantive examination" of patents, something that currently does not exist because the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission does not have the capacity to do this. The policy would lay the groundwork for regulations to be put in place and laws to be passed to give effect to IP reform in South Africa. This would likely only happen after the new administration took office after the 2019 general election.
Created at 2018/06/05 04:42 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/06/05 04:42 PM by Mediclinic