2 May 2015: Stepping up efforts to counter patents on life-saving medicines, three civil society groups working to increase access to affordable, life-saving Hepatitis C (HCV) medicines, have challenged Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS’) pending patent application on Daclatasvir before the Delhi Patent Office. The pre-grant opposition has been filed by Hepatitis Coalition, Nagaland (HepCon), Sankalp Rehabilitation…

Fourth pre-grant opposition to Sofosbuvir filed in the Delhi Patent Office 30 January 2015, Delhi: Stepping up efforts to ensure the access to affordable and effective treatment for people living with Hepatitis C (HCV) in India and the rest of the world, another pre-grant opposition to Gilead’s patent application on Sofosbuvir in India has been…

December 12, 2014 In a momentous decision that would have wide-ranging implication for access to medicines, the Supreme Court of India refused to entertain Bayer’s appeal to set aside the compulsory license (CL) on Sorafenib (Nexavar). The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bayer’s Special Leave Petition against the Bombay High Court’s decision upholding of the CL…

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur considers a number of critical elements that affect the effective and full implementation of the right to health framework. He begins by reaffirming the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health, by reiterating the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights and stressing…

The Lawyers Collective has asked the Ministry of Women and Child Development to make public the proposed amendments to the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and consult affected groups. Read More

In a closely watched case, Justice Subrata Talukdar of the Calcutta High Court today quashed charges of rape, cheating, causing grievous hurt, criminal intimidation, and others, framed against Pinki Pramanik, the famous woman athlete from Kolkata and nullified the charge sheet filed by the Kolkata police against her. In June 2012, Pinki was accused of…

10 September, 2014- In a move towards furthering access to affordable medicines, Lawyers Collective through Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, the Hepatitis Coalition of Nagaland and Network of PLHIV living in the Asia Pacific region (APN+), filed a pre- grant challenge to sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) in India. The opposition is against the pro-drug patent application 3658/kolnp/2009 which is…

An assessment of the new law introduced to appoint judges argues that it will make the judiciary subservient to the executive and thus throws a fundamental challenge to the Constitution and Indian democracy. The long-pending demands for transparency and accountability of judges and for making the judiciary more representative have been forgotten in these new…

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