Penn State International Law Review

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As the lead advocate for the new law, South Africa's Minister of Health, Nkosasana Zuma, faced opposition from the multinational pharmaceutical industry giants and the world's most powerful nations, and yet, for now at least, she has won. South Africa passed the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act (hereinafter the "Act") in December of 1997 in an effort to lower the cost of medicines and thereby improve access to medical care for many impoverished South Africans.