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Nurses support the call for TPPA transparency, health check

Press Release – New Zealand Nurses Organisation The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is deeply concerned about the potential, negative impact of a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the health of New Zealanders.Nurses support the call for TPPA transparency and health check The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is deeply concerned about the potential, negative impact of a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the health of New Zealanders. There is potential for our successful drug-buying Pharmac model to be undermined and for an extension on length of time for patents impacting on the affordability and access to medicines. There is also a risk that our government may be constrained from developing laws which improve the public health of New Zealanders. For example initiatives on tobacco or alcohol control may be legally challenged by multinational companies. Talks are being held in secret. There is no transparency. An analysis of the health impact of any agreed clauses must happen before the New Zealand government signs up to the TPPA. Nurses are deeply concerned about the potential risk to New Zealand’s public health system and they join other health professionals in seeking transparency and a health check before any deal is signed. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Secret trade deal will affect the cost of health care in NZ

Press Release – New Zealand Nurses Organisation The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that, despite the Prime Minister’s previous assurances that the fundamentals of New Zealand’s drug buying agency Pharmac would be protected during trade talks, the opposite appears to be the case.Secret trade deal will affect the cost of health care in New Zealand The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that, despite the Prime Minister’s previous assurances that the fundamentals of New Zealand’s drug buying agency Pharmac would be protected during trade talks, the opposite appears to be the case. This weekend the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiator, David Walker would not rule out supporting stronger intellectual property protections for big business, which would certainly undermine Pharmac. He stated that Pharmac was part of the “give and take” of the trade deal. NZNO policy analyst, Marilyn Head says, “The extreme proposals to extend intellectual property rights being negotiated in the TPP agreement will significantly affect Pharmac by delaying the availability of low-cost generic drugs for New Zealanders.” “Generic drugs are fundamental to Pharmac’s ability to provide affordable medicines. Without them, the cost of medicines will increase and more people will miss out on essential health care.” Pharmac operates within a fixed budget and increased costs will force it to either reduce the range of subsidised medicines and/or increase prescription charges. Alternatively, Pharmac’s share...

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