Court Case Between 39 Pharmaceutical Firms and The South African Government
A group of 39 pharmaceutical companies has dropped its lawsuit against the
government of South Africa. They had taken South Africa to court
over its Medicines and Related Substances Act. The main issue was Amendment
15(c) which would allow TRIPS-compliant
compulsory licensing and
parallel imports of medicines
in South Africa. The suit was first filed on February 18, 1998.
On March 6, 2001, the South African court hearing the case ruled
that the Treatment Access Campaign (TAC) would be granted a friend of the
court role. It also adjourned the case until April 18, bowing to threats from
the PMA to file an appeal on the grounds that they needed additional time to
response to the new evidence and issues raised by TAC.
On April 19, 2001, the pharmaceuticals companies, under an exremely high
amount of international pressure, dropped their case.
- April 19, 2001. CPT/Essential Action press release.
US Consumer Groups Respond to Industry
Capitulation in South Africa Drug Case.
- April 19, 2001. Medicins Sans Frontieres, Treatment Action Campaign, and
Oxfam joint press relase.
Drug Companies in South Africa Capitulate Under Barrage of Public Pressure.
- April 19, 2001. Health GAP Coalition press release.
AIDS Activists Victory in South Africa Lawsuit!
- April 19, 2001. Congress of South Africa Trade Unions and the Treatment
Access Campaign. Joint Statement.
- April 19, 2001. Treatment Action Campaign press release.
Victory for Activists, People With HIV/AIDS and Poor People Everywhere!
- April 19, 2001. Medecins Sans Frontieres press release.
Drug companies in South Africa capitulate under barrage of public pressure.
- April 19, 2001. Oxfam press release.
Drug giants throw in the towel.
- April 19, 2001. National Association of People With AIDS.
- April 19, 2001. GlaxoSmithKline press release.
GlaxoSmithKline welcomes the settlement of
industry association litigation against the South African Government.
- April 19, 2001. Boehringer-Ingelheim press release.
Boehringer Ingelheim welcomes breakthrough in patent dispute.
- April 19, 2001. WTO press release.
Moore welcomes news of settlement of South Africa drug lawsuit.
- April 19, 2001. Gernman Foeriegn Ministry press release.
Schröder welcomes settlement in court battle over AIDS drugs.
- April 17, 2001 Nicolas de Torrente, Executive Director of Medicines Sans
Frontieres. Open Letter to President Bush.
- April 17, 2001. Nicolas de Torrente, MSF.
Open letters to the heads of seven pharmaceutical companies.
- April 17, 2001. Medicines Sans Frontiers press release, Johannesburg.
Voices Around the World Condemn Drug Industry Hypocrisy.
- April 11, 2001. Oxfam press release.
Drug giants set to cause violation of human rights: Oxfam calls for urgent UN
- March 15, 2001.
Address by Jim Murray, Director of the European Consumers Organisation, to
the conference to mark the third annual European Consumers Day.
- March 15, 2001. The European Parliament calls for "a system allowing developing
countries equitable access to medicines and vaccines at affordable prices,"
expresses "solidarity and support" for South Africa and Kenya, and urges the
pharmaceutical industry to end the lawsuit against South Africa. See the
Resolution Issued by the European Parliament and the
Press Release from the European Parliament.
- March 12, 2001. ACT UP, the Gray Panthers, the Health GAP Coalition, Oxfam
America, and Doctors Without Borders.
Solidarity with South Africa on the 1997 Medicines Act.
- March 7, 2001. Press release from US Rep. Waters.
Congresswoman Waters Denounces
Lawsuit by Aids Drug Companies Against the Government of South Africa;
Introduces The Affordable HIV/AIDS Medicines for Poor Countries Act
- March 7, 2001 European Parliament.
MEPs call for cheap drugs for the world's poor.
- March 6, 2001. TAC, COSATU, MSF, OxFam and CPT.
High Court Accepts the Right of People With HIV to Be Heard
- March 5, 2001. OxFam and Medicins Sans Frontieres joint Press Release.
39 Drug Companies versus South Africa.
- March 5, 2001. International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General
AIDS Drug Test Case: World's Pharma Unions Back South Africa.
- March 2, 2001.
Letter from AFL-CIO to US Trade Representative over South Africa policy.
- February 22, 2001.
Letter from 22 Dutch Non-Governmental Organizations to Pascal Lamy
- February 15, 2001.
TAC Statement on Democratic Alliance
- February 12, 2001.
Open Letter from MSF to Pascal Lamy regarding access to pharmaceuticals in South
- Index of News Stories Published April 19, 2001.
- May 8, 2001. Anne-Valerie Kaninda (MSF). Letter to the Editor in the
Wall Street Journal.
A Victory for Cheaper AIDS Drugs.
- April 25, 2001. Simon Barber for Business Day.
End of AIDS drugs case sees spotlight fall on new arenas.
- April 22, 2001. Nick Mathiason for the Observer.
Drugs: Round One to Africa.
- April 22, 2001. Washington Post editorial.
A Goliath in South Africa.
- April 20, 2001. The Guardian.
Victory for the Poor.
- April 20, 2001. Jean-Pierre Garnier (CEO of GlaxoSmithKline) for the Guardian.
We Have a Deal.
- April 20, 2001. Jon Jeter for the Washington Post.
Global issues Dog South Africa on AIDS.
- April 18, 2001. David Pilling and Nicol degli Innocenti for the Financial Times.
A crack in the resolve of an industry.
- April 18, 2001. Robert Block for the Wall Street Journal.
S. Africa, drug firms near accord
to settle court case over AIDS drugs.
- April 18, 2001. Revi Nessman for the Assocaited Press.
Big Pharm calls for settlement talks in South African AIDS drug suit.
- April 18, 2001. Rachel Swarns for Reuters.
South Africa Drug Suit Postponed.
- April 18, 2001. Chris McGreal for the Guardian.
Firms split over deal in cheap drugs lawsuit.
- April 18, 2001. Chris McGreal for the Guardian.
Aids charity has drug makers on the run.
- April 18, 2001. The Guardian.
Drug Price Wars.
- April 18, 2001. Steven Swindells for Reuters.
S.African AIDS Drug Case Postponed to Thursday.
- April 18, 2001. CNN
AIDS Drug Case Adjourned.
- April 18, 2001. Oliver Moore for the Globe and Mial.
Deal close in African drug patent case.
- April 18, 2001. World Bank New Roundup.
Companies Begin Talks With S. Africa On Drug Suits.
- April 18, 2001. Business Day.
Pharmacists appeal for solution to drugs battle.
- April 18, 2001. Andrew Maykuth in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Drugmakers say S. Africa rejected offers.
- April 18, 2001. Anne-Valerie Kaninda (MSF) for the Minnesota Daily.
Dying from AIDS for lack of medicine.
- April 17, 2001. Marjolein Harvey for WOZA.
TAC to Present New Evidence Ahead of Govt.
- April 17, 2001. News 24.
Drug firms press ahead.
- April 17, 2001. Steven Swindells for Reuters.
Drug Makers, Activists Spar Over AIDS Drug Prices.
- April 17, 2001. Ravi Nessman for the Associated Press.
Africa AIDS Drugs Still Too High.
- April 16, 2001. Andre Pickard for the Globe and Mail.
Global pressures building for low-cost AIDS drugs.
- April 16, 2001. Nicol Degli Innocenti and David Pilling for the Financial
Mandela attacks drug companies over patents.
- April 16, 2001. Charlotte Denny for the Guardian.
Mandela hits out at Aids drug firms.
- April 15, 2001. Brendan Boyle fior Reuters.
Mandela Slams Drug Makers, Chides S.African Government.
- April 15, 2001. Matthew Hayt Brown for the Hartford Courant.
Drug-Makers Cut Prices, But Press Legal Battle.
- April 14, 2001. Kristen Philipkoski fo Wired.
South Africa to Rule on AIDS Drugs.
- April 12, 2001. Steven Swindells for Reuters.
South Africa Confident of Winning Drug Court Case.
- April 4, 2001. Reuters.
Drug firms claim South Africa failing to take up cheap AIDS drugs offers.
Index of News stories on the court case published January through March, 2001.