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20 January 2014

SA slams Big Pharma in generic drugs battle

South Africa slammed global pharmaceutical firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favour cheaper generic drugs.

South Africa slammed global pharmaceutical firms on Friday over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favour cheaper generic drugs, accusing them of a "satanic" plot to commit "genocide".

South Africa is in the final stages of implementing a new law that would allow generic drug-makers to produce cut-price copies of patented medicines and make it harder for firms to register and roll over patents.

The industry could now ditch the campaign – which it dubbed "Almost Political" – because the leaked document has probably weakened its negotiating position.


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