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Newsletter No 11 - February 2005
It's time for an update about everything that has been happening
in the fight to defeat the proposed Trans Tasman joint agency to
regulate all therapeutic products and an
urgent call for your support.
week it was announced that the proposed agency is now not likely
to start until July 2006 but maybe sooner. This means that the
Government has been forced to delay this project by up to 12
months from original start date which was to have been July this
year. This delay has come about due to the intense opposition to
the proposal and should be seen by us all as a sign of the
impact we have had.
Government has simply not been able to muster the political
support to have the necessary legislation passed so far and this
has forced them to delay the project.
We also know
that the Government is now focused on making a significant push
aimed at getting support from other parties. To this end
recently the Minister of Health arranged a private meeting in
her offices with a small number of companies in the Natural
Health sector. Notably
this meeting included representatives from large companies like
Healtheries, Nutralife and Alaron but excluded the NZ Health
Trust or any of the companies that, like us, have been strong in
opposing the joint agency. The purpose of this
meeting, we understand, was to show representatives of the
opposition parties that the Government had "industry backing"
for the proposal. Why would large companies support
the restrictive TGA proposal
Zealand Health Trust became aware of the meeting several days
before it was held and made it clear to the Minister and other
MP's that the meeting only involved those the Minister knew
would support her and deliberately excluded anyone in
We made it
clear that it did not reflect the views of the industry as a
whole, or probably even a majority of the industry.
did make it clear to us however which companies are supporting
the proposal and re-enforced how the Government will try and
deceive other MP's into thinking this proposal has the support
of the NZ industry and consumers.
events have once again highlighted just how important it is that
we can show the MP's the extent of the opposition. We are
hearing from many of you of your views and the cards and email
have been effective however we need to show the MP's just how
far the opposition goes to avoid your views getting ignored in
preference to the views of those who are saying what the
Minister wants to hear.
like all of you who support what we have been doing in opposing
the Australian pharmaceutical regulators taking over our natural
health industry, to go to this link
be able to complete a form that records your opposition to this
proposal. We need a large number of supporters to prevent a few
large companies dominating this issue.
We want to
hear from you, as consumers and those involved in the industry,
directly. We are aware that there are a limited few natural
health industry groups who no longer represent the views of
their members and are becoming dominated by these same large
companies who want the merger with Australia to go ahead.
Please - it
will only take a minute and will help us continue to fight this
potentially devastating proposal with a greater coordinated and
NZ Health Trust
A: PO Box 34-057 Christchurch, New Zealand
P: +64 3 3519807
F: +64 3 3517993
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