Editorial

Reforming South Africa’s procedures for granting patents to improve medicine access

Catherine Tomlinson, John Ashmore, Anele Yawa, Julia Hill

Abstract


Adopting stricter patentability criteria, and implementing patent examination in SA, would significantly reduce the number of patents granted. Granting fewer patents will, in turn, facilitate generic competition, lower medicine prices, and ensure increased access to medicines for individuals who are currently unable to afford the treatments that they need, and for the government in its procurement of medicines for the public sector. 


Authors' affiliations

Catherine Tomlinson, Médecins Sans Frontières Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

John Ashmore, Médecins Sans Frontières Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

Anele Yawa, Médecins Sans Frontières Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

Julia Hill, Médecins Sans Frontières Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Patents; Medicine access; South Africa

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):741-743. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.8270

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-09-14
Date published: 2015-09-15

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