Patients v/s Patent: CPAA wins a 7-year legal battle for Affordable Drugs

In a landmark ruling on 1st April, the Supreme Court rejected Swiss drug giant Novartis' request to patent a cancer drug, thus paving the way for access to affordable generic drugs and healthcare. The SC verdict not only affects Glivec but will also prevent patenting of other older compounds and avoid ever-greening of patented products. It will make life-saving drugs affordable and consequently result in saving many lives, not only in India but over 75 other countries where India exports generic drugs.

Cancer Patients Aid Association represented the cause of patients in this case fought along with Advocate Anand Grover and his team at Lawyer's Collective.

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World Cancer Day 2013

Mumbai: On the occasion of World Cancer Day, CPAA Mumbai organised an Open Forum lecture in Marathi on Breast and Cervical Cancer in association with Dilasa and Tilak Mandir on 3rd February at Vile Parle, Mumbai for 180 people. The panelists included CPAA's Neeta More (Director, Dr. Rashmi Fadnavis (President Dilasa, Dr. Rucha Kaushik (Onco Surgeon, Tata Memorial Hospital), Dr. Hiren Desai (CMO and Head CSR Mazagon Dock Limited) and Dr. Vrunda Karanjgaokar (Onco-Surgeon Cervical and Uterine Cancer). The special guests were actresses Sukanya Kulkarni Mone and Mrunal Kulkarni. Mrs. Sandhya Patwardhan compered the event.

New Delhi: On 4th February, on the occasion of World Cancer Day, International Amusement Park Pvt Limited (IRPPL), pioneers in amusement parks in India invited CPAA Delhi for a fun filled day with fifty childhood cancer patients and their attendants. The joyrides at the park were a completely new experience for children who otherwise spend a good part of their day in their fight against the disease. Renowned singer Shanker Sahani joined the gathering after the children had enjoyed a delicious lunch and performed a musical show while the children danced to his tunes. Such events help children as well as their caregivers to forget their daily stress.

On 6th February, a breast cancer awareness lecture was conducted for Air Force Wives Welfare Association followed by a complete Gynecological check up including pap smear tests. High risk women were referred for mammograms to the mobile van which was present at the site at Air Force Station, Rajokri.

On 5th January, the group 'Clown without border' headed by Rupesh Tillu performed for over 50 childhood cancer patients at the Radio Club, Mumbai. Their show brought laughter and cheer into the lives of these brave patients and their caretakers.

A special showing of the popular movie 'Makhkhi' was arranged on 15th January for 50 childhood cancer patients and their parents by Leo Club of Bombay. This is event was organised as an initiative of the Standard Chartered Bank.

30 cancer patients and their spouses were treated to a Valentine's Day party at Mumbai's R-City Mall on 13 February. Various entertainment activities were planned for them to applaud their fight against cancer and the unflinching support of their better halves.

CPAA runs a 3 day Psycho-Oncology Volunteers Training Programme every month to educate individuals working in the field, imparting basic information regarding cancer, highlighting psychological, social and spiritual problems faced and how to help patients and family members cope. The programme was developed by a qualified clinical psychologist. Karunakare Foundation, Ahmedabad invited CPAA to conduct a workshop for their group from 21 - 23 February.

The group comprised of senior Oncologists and doctors, nurses, counselors and pharmacologists, most of who were working or associated with cancer hospitals. Mr. Ushakant Shah founder of Karunakare Foundation and its staff members had also attended and benefitted from this workshop.

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Early detection camps were held on at Madanpur Khadar community for women, Aarth Astha - Lal Kuan for women and children.

On 22 February, IIPM, Great Indian Dream Foundation (GIDF) invited CPAA, Delhi to conduct a breast cancer awareness program for women and anti tobacco awareness for men.


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On 24th January, actress and CPAA patron Tara Sharma invited 30 childhood cancer patients to Mumbai's first indoor play center, Funky Monkey. Tara and her kids enjoyed the various entertaining activities and games there along with them.

She distributed lovely Johnson & Johnson kits to all the children.


Cancer Screening (Jan - Feb 2013)
Camps / Clinics 55
Screenings 1,731
Suspected cases 578
Detected cases 1

Patient Care (Jan - Feb 2013)
Total Aid - Rs. 12,29,758
Patients Aided 476
Patients Counselled 3,340
Information/Literature 2,290
Ward / room visits 739
Transport services 2,533

Cancer Insurance Policy
(1994 - 2013 Feb)
Policy enrollments 12,304
Detected cases 218
Survivors 170
Claims settled 877
Money Disbursed Rs. 4.87 million


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