Tag: Joint Press Release

Longer wait and higher prices likely under the TPPA

Press Release – Joint Press Release New Zealand is likely to come under pressure to extend the monopoly times for a new group of potentially life-saving specialty medicines under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), say the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and …15 March 2016 Longer wait and higher prices likely for some life-saving medicines under the TPPA New Zealand is likely to come under pressure to extend the monopoly times for a new group of potentially life-saving specialty medicines under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), say the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU). “At the moment the big drug companies can virtually name their price for some of these specialty medicines and there’s a risk that the TPPA will extend their stranglehold on these drugs by another three years, to eight years in total,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the ASMS. “If that happens, it will add millions to New Zealand’s medicines bill and mean these drugs will cost us more for longer, and that they will stay out of the reach of many ordinary New Zealanders who need them.” Dr Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist and Director of Policy, says documents released under the Official Information Act and provided to him do not support the Government’s claims that the TPPA will not extend monopoly times for this...

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Legal challenge to TPPA secrecy lodged today

Press Release – Joint Press Release Papers were filed in the High Court in Wellington today seeking an urgent judicial review of Trade Minister Tim Grosers blanket refusal to release any documents sought in a comprehensive Official Information Act request made by University of …5 August 2015 Legal challenge to TPPA secrecy lodged today Papers were filed in the High Court in Wellington today seeking an urgent judicial review of Trade Minister Tim Groser’s blanket refusal to release any documents sought in a comprehensive Official Information Act request made by University of Auckland law Professor Jane Kelsey in January this year. The request was based on a report from the European Union Ombudsman recommending release of similar documents from the US-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Today’s application was lodged following receipt of the Chief Ombudsman’s report last Wednesday evening upholding the Minister’s decision. The TPPA will have potentially far reaching consequences for the foreseeable future. The applicants believe there is an important public interest in the requested information being publicly available, so people can better understand the issues under negotiation and the position the government has taken on behalf of the people of New Zealand, before the negotiations are concluded. The applicants have asked the High Court for a declaration that the Minister’s decision was unlawful in a variety of ways, and are seeking an...

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TPPA causing concern

Press Release – Joint Press Release Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the …TPPA causing concern Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the second at a protest rally on the steps of the Napier City Council, 231 Hastings Street, at 1 pm on Saturday, 8th November, part of a nationwide Day of Protest against the TPPA. Rally organiser Omar Hoetawa said he is “deeply concerned” about the fact that this “international agreement, that could have a huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis, is being negotiated in total secret.” “From what we know, if these negotiations are completed, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future. It could override our environmental protection laws, our restrictions on unhealthy products like tobacco, our internet freedom to name a few.” Because the negotiations are being conducted in secret, “what we know about the TPPA comes from leaked documents and detective work. “This is not acceptable. We live in...

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Health professionals call to give trade deal a health check

Press Release – Joint Press Release Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders.28 October, 2014 Health professionals call on Groser to give trade deal a health check Health professionals say a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must be carried out to protect the health of New Zealanders. They say leaked information suggests international big business, such as the tobacco or alcohol industries, could sue the New Zealand government if it puts health-based policies in place that might threaten their profits. Clauses designed to protect the intellectual property rights of the pharmaceutical industry would make medicines more expensive in New Zealand by preventing PHARMAC from purchasing cheaper generic drugs. Members of ten health organisations are calling on Trade Minister, Hon Tim Groser, to bring in health experts to give the proposed TPP an independent and comprehensive health check-up. In an article in NZ Doctor published online today they say the results should be publicly released for full discussion, well before New Zealand commits to the trade deal. “The negotiations are all being carried out in secret, and the little that has leaked out is very worrying,” says Dr Joshua Freeman, a spokesperson for the health organisations. “New Zealand should have the sovereign right to make laws and...

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The TPPA – Corporate Bullies exert control and dominance

Press Release – Joint Press Release A group of concerned citizens in Wellington will be staging a street theatre tomorrow, February 8 at the bucket fountain, Cuba Street at 1pm as part of the Nationwide Day of Action Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.7 February 2014 The TPPA – Corporate Bullies exert control and dominance A group of concerned citizens in Wellington will be staging a street theatre tomorrow, February 8 at the bucket fountain, Cuba Street at 1pm as part of the Nationwide Day of Action Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This day will be leading up to the large action in April/May when the heads of government are here to progress TPPA negotiations. The theatre piece will involve John Key, Uncle Sam, Monty Burns and two `Corporate Bullies’ dismantling a wall of boxes representing fundamental blocks of our democratic society headed with all that is under threat by the TPPA: Internet freedoms, Small businesses, Affordable medicines, NZ Sovereignty, GMO Labelling and Food Sovereignty, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Workers Rights; Human Rights; Domestic Governance and Autonomy; Financial Regulation etc.. “This Agreement, is being deliberately negotiated in secret as it is so hideous that if revealed the public would be outraged and would overwhelmingly oppose it,” Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati, spokesperson for the Wellington group says. “The TPPA gives special rights and privileges to corporations and effectively elevates them to a nation...

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