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Medicines Australia welcomes new appointments to Health and Industry portfolios

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Media Release

Medicines Australia Chief Executive, Mr Milton Catelin, has welcomed the appointment of the Hon Greg Hunt MP as the new Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

“I congratulate Minister Hunt on his appointment to a portfolio that has an enormous impact on the health and wellbeing of all Australians and the Australian economy,” Mr Catelin said.

“This important industry welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Minister Hunt and his office to ensure that we continue to develop a no-surprises environment that maintains the viability of the medicines industry in Australia and timely access to medicines for Australian patients.”

“As the peak body representing the innovative pharmaceutical industry in Australia, Medicines Australia will be able to offer the new Minister detailed advice on the contribution that innovative medicines make to the Australian community and economy.”

“Minister Hunt has worked well previously with the sector as Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, and understands the industry’s issues including the need to nurture a strong, sustainable Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).”

Minister Hunt has a track record as being an effective minister who engages closely with all stakeholders to ensure that he is getting efficient and practical outcomes for issues that relate to his recent portfolios.

“I look forward to working with Minister Hunt as he works toward completing the Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation reforms, Clinical Trial reforms, as well as achieving faster approval processes for innovative medicines and ensuring our members get stability and certainty as we lead into this year’s Budget.”

Medicines Australia also congratulates Senator Hon Arthur Sinodinos on assuming the role of Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, who has a long history of support for the medical science community.

“Our industry strongly depends on scientific advancement and research innovation, and we look forward to continuing to work with Senator Sinodinos in this respect,” said Mr Catelin.

Medicines Australia and its member’s would also like to acknowledge the Hon Ken Wyatt MP on becoming the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health and note that he is first indigenous Australian to be appointed to the Ministry.

The industry would also like to congratulate Senator the Hon Scott Ryan and Mr Michael Sukkar MP on their elevations.

“Medicines Australia and our members look forward to an ongoing and constructive relationship with the PM and his team,” said Mr Catelin.

Contact:

Natalie Wimmer
Phone: (02) 6122 8500
Email:
Natalie.Wimmer@medicinesaustralia.com.au

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