NEWS AND EVENTS
Therapeutic Products Bill
The Therapeutic Products Bill currently progressing through parliament will do nothing but create more red tape and bureaucracy. All it will achieve is increased costs, shutting down small kiwi businesses, and forcing the market to be controlled by big pharmaceutical companies.
When we were in government we stopped the progress of this bill because of its unworkability and the fact it takes away the freedom of using workable natural and traditional medicinal methods from people in favour of corporate big money control.
The Prime Minister has said the current Health System is ‘constipated’ - that’s because of the government bringing in laws like these that lack any focus on outcomes for ordinary kiwis and is bereft of any commonsense.
It's time for ordinary kiwis to to be heard and New Zealand First wants to hear from you.
What do you think about the Therapeutic Products Bill?
This is a massive piece of legislation and we want to hear your thoughts. Whether you have specific clauses you'd like to give us a response on or if you want a general comment on the entire bill.
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As an ex-nurse of 5 years and a fitness/health/wellness fanatic - this bill is horrendous. It is already obvious that our current health system is controlled very tightly by big pharma - which means that even if you walk into your GP with a good case and ask for something you're less likely to be able to get it. I am very very concerned about how this bill will impact on the health outcomes of all Kiwis - very sadly under this bill those outcomes do not have a good prospect. I also strongly disagree with the general over-reach of our current government into our personal lives, that is - taking away the freedom of speech and freedom of choice from New Zealand. It's absolutely wrong on so many levels. This health bill is just another example of this over-reach and restriction of personal freedoms in our country.
Striving for Health
Vitamins, minerals and herbs should be freely available and easily accessible to all. They should be able to be recommended and dispensed firstly by practitioners who specialize solely in this area, not just by pharmacists or GPs. The only motivation I can see for this bill is to increase taxes and pharmaceutical company profits. The real harm from ingested products in our country is coming from alcohol which is behind a huge amount of physical and mental illness, abuse, violence and 'accidents'. Our government needs to urgently focus on controlling alcohol marketing and supply if they really want to improve the health of our people.
Therepeutic Products Bill
I am totally opposed to the Bill in its present form. There is no justification for including supplements in the Bill, and the Government has not made out a case for the inclusion. I read on Epoch Health (I think it was Epoch Health) about a natural supplement which is an alternative to statins. Statins are estimated to be worth billions annually to Big Pharma; so there is the reason why supplements are included. The same applies to covid-19. The extract from the wormwood plant, sweet Annie, is a strong anti viral, so the extract is not allowed to be imported.i
Why would anyone in their right mind support this legislation?
When I first read this Bill, I was horrified to see that it includes a 5-year prison term and a $200,000 fine for individuals who make an unapproved claim, such as turmeric is beneficial for preventing cancer, which it is, according to many studies. But, if the Regulator has not approved this claim, a health professional who makes this claim may end up broke and in jail. I'll add that the health professional's business may also be subject to the seizure of assets and their destruction and a fine of up to $2,000,000. This Bill is a kill shot for those practising holistic health and medicine. We'd have to be crazy to support this!
We need to ensure that this does not boost big Pharma
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