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Labour is trying to decimate the NZ Health Products Industry

The Labour Government is trying to change the way in which all Natural Health Products (NHPs) & medical devices are regulated. They plan to treat them as medicines and give the power to control them to the controversial Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

We know from the Australian experience that this would mean;

  • Fewer products available - consumer choice reduced
  • Unnecessary bureaucracy and cost
  • Increased cost to consumers
  • Natural health products & medical devices all controlled like drugs
  • Many NZ businesses forced to close - jobs lost
  • There will be little NZ can do to protect itself – Australia would make decisions for NZ

The Australian TGA (which would take over NZ's health products industry) is known to use an extremely heavy-handed approach. Remember the Pan debacle? The TGA recalled 1200 natural products off the market on the strength of one manufacturer's lax handling of quality control standards. “The truth is that of more than 1200 products recalled, NOT ONE of the natural health products was found to be at fault. It was only one pharmaceutical drug which was a problem”.

Despite strong opposition from industry and a Parliamentary Select Committee report against the proposal, Annette King signed the Treaty with Australia on 10 December last year. But the battle is far from over . The Government still needs to have the treaty passed into law and for that it needs the support of the opposition parties. We can stop the Government's TGA proposal especially if we are strong and united. The opposition party MP's need to know the strength of public opposition.

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* The “Urgent Support” forms are designed to give you a voice without you having to go to Wellington yourself and tell the MP's of your concerns & wishes. Send back to the NZHT.

Warning! In response to any contact, the Labour MP's may send you a standard reply trying to convince you that their proposal is a good idea. BUT DON'T BE FOOLED . Labour is desperate to get this proposal through and will say anything to succeed.

If you do not have internet access please contact us for information or to order “Urgent Support” forms – our contact details are below;

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Dave Sloan

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Ph: 03 351 9807
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