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And from the "WTF????" file... - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 24th, 2007

05:34 pm - And from the "WTF????" file...

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The NZ government is moving to line our regulations covering health supplements up with Australia's.

This means no more 5-HTP, amongst other things.

I say again, WTF?

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From:op_lattethunder
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
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Well that's more than slightly ridiculous.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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Australia's drug laws are inane, archaic and designed to create a monopoly for the large pharmaceutical companies.
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From:pombagira
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
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FFS sometimes the government is just lame. you here that new zealand government you are just lame, lame, lame, lame

hmm.. must go to a pharmacy in the next week..

*mumbles darkly*

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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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Sadly, this may swing my vote in the next election. Not kidding. Nanny state is one thing, tying our legislation to that of US arse-lickers is quite another.
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From:bekitty
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
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This legislation has been in the pipeline for ages, and has very little chance of getting through. *crosses fingers* It's not just us consumers who are against it - many supplement manufacturers have been voicing strong opposition too.

If it means that prices are going to go up, then that would mean an end to all the medications I take. This would not be a good thing.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
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It made it through the first reading. This concerns me deeply.
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From:russiandolls
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
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I'd be interested to know what other supplements this affects. You don't happen to know where I might find this info, do you?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
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You can download the entire bill from this page.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
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And there's the spinQuestion and Answer Session from Annette King, which says this:

"The overall aim of the proposed joint regulatory scheme is to protect the health and safety of New Zealanders and Australians who use and consume therapeutic products. It would do this by regulating the pre and post-market safety and quality of therapeutic products including:
· complementary medicines such as herbal and traditional medicines, homoeopathic medicines and aromatherapy products, vitamins, minerals and dietary and nutritional supplements;
· over-the-counter medicines;
· prescription medicines;
· medical devices, for example bandages, contact lenses, hearing aids, heart valves, pace makers and endoscopes;
· blood and blood products and tissues and cellular therapies."

And then there's the next fun question where it says that Chinese, Indian and alternative European medicine will come under the regulation, but Maori medicine will be exempt. SNARL.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
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grr

First they make Modafinil and Piracetam away, now they threaten to take my supplements - or at least make me pay heaps more when they are already pretty expensive as part of a regular routine.

If they take away my St Johns Wort and I become horribly depressed then you can all use my death as a reason against this bill (not that I'd actually get that bad, but I hate the prescription anti depressants and St Johns Wort is gentle enough to elevate my mood without any side effects).
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
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If they take away 5-HTP and St John's Wort, I suspect there will be a sudden upsurge in downer-related antisocial activity, New Zealand wide.

There'll also be a stark reality check in terms of what kiwis actually eat and how good it is for them. If they do this, they had better drop the price of healthy food, and set up some food kitchens to prepare it for the lazy - or start dealing with scurvy, beriberi and other nutrition related diseases again.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
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PS Don't die, mmk? I would miss you.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
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oh, crap. that's ridiculous.
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From:rainyk
Date:April 26th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
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saw this and thought I'd let you know seeing you'll be in Auckland ;)

IS NEW ZEALAND NEXT? COME TO THE PROTEST RALLY AGAINST THE GOVT PLAN TO OUTLAW YOUR NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS. WHEN: APRIL 28. WHERE: AUCKLAND AT WESTERN PARK, PONSONBY ROAD, 9.30 AM. PLEASE POST THIS WIDELY
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From:tatjna
Date:April 30th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
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I had my own private protest on Waiheke. That count?

(sorry about the insanity that was my weekend once again meaning i was there and back without catching up. it will happen one day)
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