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Open letter to PM: TPPA puts profits before health

Press Release – NZNO The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is one of a more than 260 health sector individuals and organisations to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister today, warning of the threat to New Zealanders health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership …NZNO sends open letter to Prime Minister: TPPA puts profits before New Zealanders’ health. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is one of a more than 260 health sector individuals and organisations to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister today, warning of the threat to New Zealanders’ health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Leaked texts of the TPPA trade agreement contain major provisions saying that business interests can sue governments for billions of dollars if a country introduces a law and a company would lose profits. These provisions in the trade agreements say that government regulation must not get in the way of investors’ profit. Similar provisions in a trade agreement between Australia and Hong Kong are being currently used by tobacco companies to sue Australia for its laws on plain packaging of cigarette. NZNO president, Marion Guy says, “Smoking is a huge health issue for Māori, yet we have delayed introducing plain packaging laws that we know will reduce smoking uptake, until the outcome of the law suits against Australia is known. We should not have to wait, or be put...

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It’s our future – we want a say

Press Release – NZNO The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining the national rally against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) tomorrow because it believes that public health is too important an issue to be negotiated away in a secret agreement.It’s our future – we want a say The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining the national rally against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) tomorrow because it believes that public health is too important an issue to be negotiated away in a secret agreement. NZNO policy analyst, Marilyn Head says, “It is widely acknowledged that the TPPA includes provisions which could increase the cost of healthcare through extending patent periods for medicines and allowing the patenting of treatments, techniques and operations. These provisions could also deter innovation and generic drug production.” “The government has given assurances that ‘the fundamentals of PHARMAC will be protected’ but it has not provided evidence or analysis from our own institutions to support its assurances, nor any opportunity for public engagement with the health sector that allows them to be tested.” “The TPPA could also deter governments from making decisions that would benefit public health because if private investors, such as tobacco companies, were affected they could sue the government,” Marilyn Head says. “The potential of the TPPA to affect the health of New Zealanders for generations to come is as...

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TTPA not democratic and not right, nurses say

Press Release – NZNO The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining thousands of other organisations and individuals in calling for the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated in secret, to be made public. TTPA not democratic and not right, nurses say. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is joining thousands of other organisations and individuals in calling for the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated in secret, to be made public. NZNO believes the Government should not sign any agreement that has the potential to limit its ability to make decisions in the best interests of New Zealanders. The TPPA will limit the ability of governments to regulate wholesale and retail prices for medicines to ensure that they are affordable, and will also give foreign investors the right to sue governments for making laws which affect those investments, even if the legislation is in the best interests of citizens. NZNO policy adviser, Marilyn Head says, “These are matters that affect public health, and must be open to scrutiny. There is a very real risk that multinational corporate interests will override our sovereign interests and that could be disastrous for health.” TPPA proposals for extended patents on medicines will delay market entry of the cheaper generic medicines that PHARMAC relies on to keep the price of medicines down. Other...

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Pharmac Under Attack by Pharmaceutical Industry

Press Release – NZNO The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) rejects the pharmaceutical industry’s contention that Pharmac will not be affected by the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries …MEDIA RELEASE 30 September Pharmac Under Attack by Pharmaceutical Industry The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) rejects the pharmaceutical industry’s contention that Pharmac will not be affected by the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries including the United States and New Zealand. Kevin Sheehy, general manager of Medicines New Zealand, dismissed analysis by visiting public health and trade expert Dr Deborah Gleeson that showed there is much in the TPPA that undermines the effectiveness of Pharmac. Geoff Annals, NZNO chief executive commented on Sheehy’s dismissal saying; “It is not surprising to see the pharmaceutical industry rejecting concerns the TPPA will reduce the effectiveness of Pharmac because Pharmac is very successful in doing what it was set up to do: making medicines more affordable. Pharmac is the national medicines purchasing agency that has achieved the greatest success anywhere in the world in balancing the health interests of people and communities against the business interests of big medicines companies. Pharmac is under attack by the pharmaceutical industry because it is successful and the ‘Pharmac model’ is being adopted by other countries needing a better balance between...

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Pharmac Under Attack by Pharmaceutical Industry

Press Release – NZNO The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the role of drug-buying agency PHARMAC will change radically under the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between 11 Asian and Pacific-rim countries including …MEDIA RELEASE Pharmac Under Attack by Pharmaceutical Industry The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) believes the role of drug-buying agency PHARMAC will change radically under the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between 11 Asian and Pacific-rim countries including the United States and New Zealand. General manager of Medicines New Zealand, Kevin Sheehy, has dismissed analysis by visiting Australian public health and trade expert Dr Deborah Gleeson that showed the TPPA would undermine the effectiveness of Pharmac. NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals, responding to commented on Sheehy’s dismissal said it’s not surprising the pharmaceutical industry rejected concerns the TPPA would reduce the effectiveness of Pharmac. “Pharmac is very successful in doing what it was set up to do: making medicines more affordable. Pharmac is the national medicines purchasing agency that has achieved the greatest success anywhere in the world in balancing the health interests of people and communities against the business interests of big medicines companies. Pharmac is under attack by the pharmaceutical industry because it is successful and the ‘Pharmac model’ is being adopted by other countries needing a better balance between business...

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