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Paul Clift
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SOUTH AFRICA: Easy patents cost patients
Posted on: November 8 2012, 10:04 am

http://www.plusnews.org/Report/96712/SOUTH-AFRICA-Easy-patents-cost-patients

"A form of intellectual property protection, patents are typically awarded to companies that can prove their product is new. Not so in South Africa, say activists and researchers, who claim the countryís patent system allows pharmaceutical companies to apply for new patents on existing drugs based on immaterial changes - like adding table salt to a formulation or changing a pillís colour"
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