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TAC hits out at Pharmagate

Jan 17 2014 16:00
SAPA

Johannesburg - An alleged campaign planned by multinational pharmaceutical companies against proposed South African patent laws was met with outrage by rights groups Section27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) on Friday.

TAC general secretary Vuyiseka Dudula said in a statement: "We're outraged over what appears to be a covert and well-funded plan from the foreign pharmaceutical industry to delay an essential law reform process in South Africa."

The groups were reacting to a report in the Mail&Guardian about an alleged plot drawn up by lobby group Public Affairs Engagement (PAE) on behalf of a number of multinational drug companies operating in South Africa, represented by the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of SA (Ipasa).

"We will not allow foreign industry to derail this national process, especially in such a secret and underhanded way."

Ipasa reportedly told the newspaper it would encourage open debate on the proposed legislation.

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