Winner: Paula Chowles: ‘The cost of patent laws’
Effective health care delivery depends on the availability of high quality medicines, the provision of which is generally controlled and regulated by large pharmaceutical companies who protect their interests through patenting. This phenomenon has shaped health care delivery in the world. Paula Chowles tackles this very relevant issue through an in-depth, thoughtful narrative of the nuances of patenting and ever-greening of patents, which she contextualizes in the backdrop of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis. Through selective expert comment and real-life experience, she presents an interesting and thought-provoking perspective on the issue, highlighting key gaps that have allowed the current situation to prevail. The piece is also relevant to the emerging Intellectual Property act and brings to light the limiting factors that have hampered the emergence of low cost medical interventions. An outstanding example of journalistic excellence.
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Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992 by the current Group Chief Executive Officer Adrian Gore, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.
The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over seven million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Singapore. Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds 5.5 million lives in five markets.
Discovery is an authorised financial services provider. It trades on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange under the code “DSY”.
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