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Independent health assessment still needed on TPPA

Press Release – NZMA The New Zealand Medical Association Chair Dr Stephen Child (NZMA) is pleased the Government appears to have listened to many of the concerns raised by the health sector in reaching a deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership.Independent health assessment still needed on TPPA The New Zealand Medical Association Chair Dr Stephen Child (NZMA) is pleased the Government appears to have listened to many of the concerns raised by the health sector in reaching a deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership. “From what we have seen so far, the fears about what might happen with pharmaceuticals appear not to have been realised,” says Dr Child. “We understand that New Zealand’s existing measures will be adequate to meet the provisions put in place to protect the development of biologic medicines. There is no change to New Zealand’s standard 20-year patent period, and efficient processes in New Zealand mean that it is unlikely there will be many applications to extend patent terms. “There are also provisions that allows the Government to rule out ISDS challenges over tobacco control measures. “However, we still need to see the details of the agreement, and a careful, thorough analysis is needed. There is a lot more to learn—and, to understand fully its impact on health, we still believe that an independent Health Impact Analysis is needed.” ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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NZMA calls again for independent health assessment of TPPA

Press Release – NZMA The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is extremely disappointed Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser has rejected the call for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPPA) on our health system. NZMA calls again for independent health assessment of TPPA The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is extremely disappointed Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser has rejected the call for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPPA) on our health system. “The NZMA joined with a growing number of health organisations in calling for such an independent assessment,” says NZMA Chair Dr Stephen Child. In a letter in May, the NZMA formally requested a comprehensive, independent Health Impact Assessment (HIA), based on the actual text of the agreement and including input from sector experts. In his reply, Minister Groser noted that the Government was committed to protecting the fundamentals of the public health system, including PHARMAC. But he rejected a specific HIA in favour of a general National Interest Analysis, including health-related issues. Dr Child says health equity and public health measures are key advocacy issues for the NZMA. “These include issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco regulation and affordable access to medicine,” he says. “We need to have a clear understanding of the possible effects of the TPPA on current and future policy settings...

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