Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister Says Misinformation Must Stop

8 July 2002

Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency – Minister Says Misinformation Must Stop


Health Minister Annette King says dishonest misinformation about a proposal to set up a trans-Tasman agency to regulate therapeutic products is misleading the public.

“Some individuals and organisations are making wild claims about the proposed Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency, when the Government hasn’t even decided yet whether to proceed with a joint agency, or on the specifics of the regulatory scheme,” Ms King said today.

“There is currently a lot of misinformation circulating about what is being proposed and how it would affect consumers of dietary supplements. This misinformation is being used to mobilise consumers to express their opposition without having had the opportunity to read and understand the proposals.”

Ms King said consumers were being misled on a number of points. “For example, the claim that people will in future be forced to get a doctor’s prescription for preparations such as vitamin and mineral supplements is a complete fabrication. This claim continues to be made, in spite of the fact that there is not, and never has been, such a proposal.

“The proposed joint agency with Australia would be just that – a joint agency, which would have offices and staff with appropriate expertise in both countries. The agency would be accountable to both the New Zealand and Australian Ministers of Health, giving each country equal say. New Zealand’s interests would be well protected and there would be no loss of sovereignty, as suggested, wrongly, by the Greens.”

If a joint agency were to go ahead, new legislation would be required in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as a treaty between the two countries.

Ms King said regardless of whether a joint agency was established, regulatory change was required because New Zealand’s current regulations for medicines, medical devices and dietary supplements were outdated.

“Regardless of whether there is a joint agency, there has been a call for many years for the need to have regulation around dietary supplements. It is not acceptable that health claims are being made that can’t be backed up, and for unsafe products to be put on shop shelves without adequate controls.”

Dietary supplements are currently regulated under the Food Act, but many supplements make unsubstantiated health benefit claims. “That is against the law as it stands, so regulation must be straightened out.”

Ms King said the Government believed dietary supplements and herbal medicines had a real role to play in the health of New Zealanders. “But we are determined that role should be a safe one. We don’t want snake oil peddlers claiming to cure cancer, and I’m certain consumers and scrupulous manufacturers don’t want that either.”


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news