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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:
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.