access to medicines

access to medicines

Medecines produced by generic pharmaceutical companies to treat blood cancer in India. Photo: Rajendra Shaw/Oxfam

Access to Cancer Treatment

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death around the world, with 8.2 million deaths in 2012. In low- and middle-income countries, expensive treatments for cancer are not widely available.

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Trading Away Access to Medicines "Revisited"

Insufficient innovation and a lack of access to affordable medicines are major barriers to achieving the right to health in low- and middle-income countries.

Landmark generic medicines victory

Oxfam has hailed the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling against a patent protection petition filed by multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis as a huge victory for public health.

 

 

India is known as the pharmacy of the world but 65% of Indians have no access to essential medicines. This video explains how the State of Rajasthan in India is tackling the problem by promoting generic medicines and providing these free of charge in the public sector.

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