Tag: Hospitals

TPP’s biologics data protection

Article – BusinessDesk April 27 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s longer data protection for biologic pharmaceutical makers will push up the cost of the fastest growing primary health treatment in the country, the Medical Association says.TPP’s biologics data protection will push up health-care costs, Medical Association says By Paul McBeth April 27 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s longer data protection for biologic pharmaceutical makers will push up the cost of the fastest growing primary health treatment in the country, the Medical Association says. Biologic drugs account for more than 40 percent of new pharmaceutical products being developed and proposals...

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Patients deserve better than health as trade deal dead rat

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Patients deserve better than having their health system becoming a swallowed dead rat in trade dealMEDIA RELEASE For immediate use 3 October 2015 Patients deserve better than having their health system becoming a swallowed dead rat in trade deal “New Zealand patients deserve much better than to have their taxpayer funded health system becoming a swallowed dead rat as a result of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Mr Powell was responding to reports that a deal on the TPPA in Atlanta is close and Trade Minister Tim Groser’s comments about New Zealand having to swallow dead rats. “One of the immediate consequences is expected to be that American drug companies will increase their monopoly power by extending their drug patents a further three years to eight. Either patients or taxpayers will have to pay for this.” Mr Powell observed that it was bizarre that a supposed ‘free’ trade agreement increased the power of overseas monopolies over New Zealanders’ public health system. “If leaked reports are correct, New Zealand’s well performing drug purchasing agency Pharmac will be reduced to being like Georgia playing the All Blacks in rugby. Pharmac will try hard, might occasionally get across the goal line, but will always be well beaten.” At the...

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Senior hospital doctor silenced on TPPA

Press Release – ASMS The Whanganui District Health Board has summoned a senior hospital doctor to a disciplinary meeting because of his views on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists …Whanganui DHB tries to stop senior hospital doctor talking about the TPPA The Whanganui District Health Board has summoned a senior hospital doctor to a disciplinary meeting because of his views on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s outrageous that this health board apparently considers its unacceptable for doctors to express an opinion on matters affecting patients and their ability to deliver the best possible health care to New Zealanders,” he says. “Memo to Whanganui DHB: doctors have a right and in fact a responsibility to speak out publicly on these matters without you trying to shut down the debate. Pull your head in.” The meeting summons followed a TPPA protest in Whanganui last Friday. Emergency medicine specialist Dr Chris Cresswell – who is also the ASMS Whanganui Branch President – took part in the protest, and his comments that the TPPA would have a huge impact on the price of medicine were reported in local media. The DHB wrote to him earlier this week, expressing concern at his “recent views” which, it...

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Doctors concerned at lack of information on TPPA

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade Doctors are calling upon the government to provide more information about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in response to claims by the Prime Minister that last weekends protesters were misinformed. Doctors, other health professionals, …Doctors concerned at lack of information on TPPA Doctors are calling upon the government to provide more information about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in response to claims by the Prime Minister that last weekend’s protesters were “misinformed”. Doctors, other health professionals, and their families braved the weather and turned out across the country to express their deep concern at the TPPA. “Our concern over TPPA secrecy is valid. If we are misinformed, then give us full and accurate information” said Dr Erik Monasterio, a Christchurch psychiatrist, speaking for Doctors for Healthy Trade. “Despite the protests of the Trade Minister, there is no good reason for his secrecy over the TPPA. There are very good reasons for more openness. The European equivalent of the TPPA, the Trans Atlanctic Trade and Investment Partnership (the TTIP) is widely available and debated after the European Union Ombudsman ordered the release of parts of the negotiation documents citing strong public interest and rights to know” Dr Monasterio added. Medical concern about the TPPA is very widespread. Supporters of Doctors for Healthy Trade work in all medical specialities right across New...

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Doctors across the country at TPPA protests

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade Doctors have responded angrily to statements from the Prime Minister that last weekends protesters were misinformed and rent-a-crowd. Doctors, other health professionals, and their families braved the weather and turned out across the country to protest …Doctors across the country at TPPA protests concerned about medicine costs Doctors have responded angrily to statements from the Prime Minister that last weekend’s protesters were “misinformed” and “rent-a-crowd”. Doctors, other health professionals, and their families braved the weather and turned out across the country to protest the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). “Minister Groser and Prime Minister Key continue to trot out the line that we, the ideologically misguided and uninformed health professionals, are needlessly worrying about PHARMAC. It is unfortunate that senior politicians have trivialised concerns of many dedicated, well-informed professionals. The cost of medicines to the health system is a genuine concern.” said Dr Erik Monasterio, a Christchurch psychiatrist, speaking for Doctors for Healthy Trade. “PHARMAC is one part of keeping medicines affordable; patent and intellectual property law is another part. The US Trade Representative publicly declared he wanted to bring about changes to New Zealand’s medicines management system. PHARMAC has been clearly in his sights in the TPPA negotiations” said Associate Professor David Menkes of Hamilton. ” Even the Prime Minister now concedes medicine prices will go up — the main cause...

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