Gustavo Barbosa on 30 Mar 2001 16:06:51 -0000

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MSF Drop the Case petition

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) asks you to support South Africa's efforts to
make essential medicines more accessible to its people by signing the global
petition below by April 15.

We, the undersigned, support the South African government's efforts to make
essential medicines more affordable and accessible to its people through the
medicines act passed in 1997. Therefore, we call on the 39 pharmaceutical
companies that are blocking implementation of this legislation with a
lawsuit to withdraw immediately from the case.

With over four million already infected with HIV, South Africa has the
highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. Very few can
afford the treatment that has extended and improved the lives of people in
richer countries. Since 1998, the pharmaceutical industry has blocked the
medicines legislation, claiming it would infringe on their patent rights.
During that period, 400,000 South Africans have died of AIDS-related causes.
High prices are effectively denying medicines to poor patients, condemning
them to a premature death.

We call on the 39 pharmaceutical companies to withdraw immediately and
unconditionally from this case. And we call on governments to support the
people of South Africa by also urging the companies to drop their case.

Sign the Drop the Case petition by April 15

Thank you for your concern,
Medecins Sans Frontieres


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