News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Don't throw pills away -- NZMA

PRESS RELEASE TO: All Health Reporters/Chief Executives/Press Officers

FROM: Dr Pippa MacKay, NZMA Chairman
DATE: 19 June, 2000
SUBJECT: Don't throw pills away -- NZMA

"Paul Holmes was being completely irresponsible when he told New Zealand women to throw away their third generation oral contraceptives," says New Zealand Medical Association Chairman Dr Pippa MacKay.

Mr Holmes made his comments last Friday on the Holmes show during a discussion of research by Professor David Skegg which showed that 20 women had died from pulmonary embolism during the last 10 years, after taking oral contraceptives.

"Yes, there is a risk with taking oral contraceptives, and the risk is slightly higher for third generation contraceptives, but the overall risks are miniscule, and much lower than the health risks associated with pregnancy," Dr MacKay said.

"Women should not throw their pills away and risk an unwanted pregnancy. If they are worried, they should talk to their GP.

"If Paul Holmes is going to comment on health issues, it is essential that he takes a responsible approach. The health of New Zealanders is too important to be the subject of such cavalier remarks."

Dr MacKay said the study did not reveal any new risks. It was carried out to count how many deaths had occurred, and work out the risk of fatality. The results were similar to other studies.

Many studies have confirmed that for most women the oral contraceptive is an extremely safe and reliable form of contraception. The NZMA endorses the Ministry of Health's advice that women keep taking the pill and discuss any concerns with their GP.


Dr Pippa MacKay (03) 351 6198 (wk) (025) 484 718 (mobile)

Shani Naylor Communications Manager (04) 472 4741 (wk) (025) 284 1081 (mobile)

Shani Naylor Communications Manager New Zealand Medical Association (04) 472 4741 (025) 284 1081

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news