Tag: Mental Health

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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Global Declaration Calls for Strong Alcohol Reform

Press Release – Global Alcohol Policy Alliance The biennial conference of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance held in Edinburgh last week, produced a Declaration calling for strong alcohol reform. The conference was opened by Scotlands First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who spoke with enthusiasm and …GLOBAL DECLARATION CALLS FOR STRONG ALCOHOL REFORM The biennial conference of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance held in Edinburgh last week, produced a Declaration calling for strong alcohol reform. The conference was opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who spoke with enthusiasm and commitment about Scotland’s journey towards enacting strong reform to reduce alcohol harm in her country. Professor Jennie Connor, a medical spokesperson for Alcohol Action New Zealand, who spoke at the conference, said “it was very moving to be among alcohol researchers and public health advocates in a country where they have the support of their government to improve the health of the population in such a tangible way”. The Declaration (attached) focuses on reforms of alcohol marketing, pricing and accessibility of alcohol, the WHO-endorsed three “best buys” for alcohol reform. It also emphasises that commitments made by governments in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child require increased protection of children from harms associated with alcohol use. Thirdly, the potential for trade treaties to block governments’ power to choose the best alcohol policies for their country was noted...

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Gordon Campbell on Govt’s favourite crony Serco, and the TPP

Column – Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on Sercos emerging role as the governments favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout Gordon Campbell on Serco’s emerging role as the government’s favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout There’s no success like failure, as Bob Dylan once said, and Serco’s failures mean nothing but trouble on the horizon for ordinary New Zealanders. Unfortunately, its abysmal track record isn’t stopping the relentless intrusion of this particular multinational into the provision of crucial services in this country. Despite their proven history of failure in running British prisons, Serco have been granted major contracts within our prisons and they have no incentive to do better. Because when they have failed spectacularly this year, the Key government waived the fines for which the firm were liable: It has been revealed in Parliament that private prison operator Serco has been let off hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for serious contract breaches. Mt Eden Prison is currently under the management of the Department of Corrections, while an official investigation is carried out into allegations of mismanagement by Serco. The firm’s problems have now spread to Serco’s management of the new privately run prison at Wiri. Undaunted, Serco has also shown an interest in the co-ordination of youth protection services. Ms Tolley has said she would still be open to Serco – which is looking at...

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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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Doctors join the 100,000 petitioners on the TPPA

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade The TPPA needs a health check-up. We need to see the test results so we know that it wont let pharmaceutical companies stretch our patent laws to make future medicines more expensive said Dr Josh Freeman, Infectious disease specialist, of Doctors …Doctors join the 100,000 petitioners on the TPPA We’re not “politically irrelevant” and we’re not “anti-trade”. “The TPPA needs a health check-up. We need to see the test results so we know that it won’t let pharmaceutical companies stretch our patent laws to make future medicines more expensive” said Dr Josh Freeman, Infectious disease specialist, of Doctors for Healthy Trade. Thousands of community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Māori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined forces to say no to the TPPA. This massive collaborative effort comes off the back of Trade Minister Tim Groser dismissing opponents of the TPPA as “anti-trade” “politically irrelevant” “breathless children”. “Of course we support international trade – it makes total sense that New Zealand imports cotton for surgical drapes and bananas because those things don’t grow well here. But we don’t support deals that would give tobacco companies the opportunity to sue us for following Australia and bringing in plain packaging.” said Dr Freeman Petitions of concern have been signed...

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