After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable - situation. Health-e News’ Amy Green investigates whether these health professionals are being ‘picky’ and what possible solutions there are to this senseless situation.
HIV and AIDS
The withdrawal of the pharmaceutical industry from litigation against the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act opens the way for the South African government to offer consumers access to cheaper medicines. But the public should be under no illusions that it immediately creates the conditions for affordable medicines and cheap anti AIDS drugs.
The South African government and the Treatment Action Campaign might have emerged victorious from the Pretoria High Court, but this does not mean that cheap anti-AIDS drugs will suddenly be available to all South Africans who need them. As Kerry Cullinan reports, the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act does not challenge patent rights […]
Nevirapine, the drug that has cut HIV transmission from mothers to their babies by up to 50% in clinical trials, has finally been registered for use in South Africa. This paves the way for the health department to make good its promise to issue the drug free of charge to pregnant women at 18 pilot […]
The much-spoken of TRIPS Agreement – or Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights – is often cited as key factor which cannot be violated in the quest for access to cheaper medicines. But what does TRIPS actually say? Law analyst Jonathan Berger offers a brief history of TRIPS and how pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and […]
The South African Students Congress in Bloemfontein made sure that HIV/AIDS was on the agenda of their annual gathering. But besides the “official line”, what are students saying about the epidemic and safer sex behaviour?
HIV and AIDS
When the 39 pharmaceutical companies’ case against the South African government started on 5 March, it ignited worldwide protests against drug profiteering at the expense of the world’s poor.But during the past five weeks that the court has been in recess, the international pharmaceutical industry mounted a major public relations offensive ‘ with price reductions […]
HIV and AIDS
It has been almost two and a half years since Parliament passed the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act on October 31, 1997. During this time the legislation has been tied up in litigation instituted by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association who argue that their patent rights will be ignored by section 15c of the […]