Patents and the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines

Karen du Toit, Willem du preez, Silverani Padayachee


The impact of patent circumvention potentially has serious implications with regard to medicine quality, safety and efficacy, even if it was intended to improve accessibility and affordability of medicines. Companies should therefore conduct adequate research in order to understand the effect of patent circumvention on the quality, safety and efficacy of medicine.


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Karen du Toit, Honorary Associate Professor, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; Pharmalaw (Pty) Ltd, Pretoria, South Africa

Willem du preez, Intellectual Property Development Manager, Westfalia Fruit, Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa

Silverani Padayachee, Pharmacist, Pretoria, South Africa

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Patents Act; Patent circumvention; Medicines; Quality; Safety; Efficacy

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(11):905-906. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2015.v105i11.10185

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Date submitted: 2015-10-09
Date published: 2015-10-09

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