THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS AND ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (PREVENTION AND CONTROL) BILL, 2014 PASSED BY RAJYA SABHA ON 21ST MARCH 2017. 21st March 2017, New Delhi: Lawyers Collective is extremely concerned in the manner of the passing of the HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill in Rajya Sabha today. The Bill failed to ensure free…

Nipun Saxena v. Union of India &Ors. Hearing dt. 07.02.2017 Ms. Indira Jaising, Amicus Curiae in the matter made submissions in Court today primarily regarding victim compensation and scheme for compensation formulated u/s 357A CrPC. She apprised the Court of victimological jurisprudence which locates the victim in the criminal justice system and has led to…

DELHI HIGH COURT RULES ON BOLAR EXCEPTION Delhi, March 8, 2017 In a landmark ruling that will define the contours of Bolar exception provision in the Indian Patents Act, the Delhi High Court today held that Natco Pharma Ltd. (Natco) can export Bayer Corporation’s patented invention- sorafenib tosylate (marketed under the name Nexavar) for experimental…

Supreme Court reduces sentence for a repeat offence under the NDPS Act In a major and first relief of its kind, the Supreme Court of India ordered a substantial reduction in the sentence imposed under section 31 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (“NDPS Act”) for a repeat offence involving charas [cannabis…

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Statement of Lawyers Collective in solidarity with the “TobekaDaki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab” 7 February 2017 The Lawyers Collective joins people living with cancer and health groups across the world who are demonstrating today to call attention to the unethical and inhuman behaviour of Swiss multinational company Roche in denying access to trastuzumab which…

Government agrees to provide Bedaquiline to young girl living with XDR-TB Victory for a father and daughter fighting for her right to treatment before the Delhi High Court New Delhi, 20 January 2017: In an important case for access to TB treatment in India, a young girl diagnosed with extensively drug resistant (XDR)-TB has won…

An 18-year-old girl’s legal battle puts the spotlight on the need to widen access to the new wonder drugfor multidrug-resistant tuberculosis An 18-year-old girl has taken the Indian government to court after being refused access to blockbuster tuberculosis drug bedaquiline (BDQ). The girl has extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis or XDR TB and her case is emblematic…

CIVIL SOCIETY APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF THE HIV/AIDS BILL BY THE CABINET HIV POSITIVE PEOPLE EAGERLY AWAIT PASSING OF THE BILL WITH RIGHT TO COMPLETE TREATMENT 5 October 2016, New Delhi: Civil society groups from across the country, including the People Living with HIV today expressed happiness over the Cabinet clearing the HIV/AIDS Bill for passage in the…

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