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Medicines Australia welcomes new Health Minister

Monday, 22 December 2014

Media Release

Medicines Australia CEO, Tim James, has welcomed the appointment of the Hon Sussan Ley MP as the new Minister for Health.

“I congratulate Minister Ley on her appointment to a portfolio that directly affects the lives of all Australians,” Mr James said.

“This is a critical time for the medicines industry in Australia, and I’ll be working with the Minister and her office to ensure she is fully briefed on our priority issues.”

“As the peak body representing the research based 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.”

“I will also be emphasising the need for a stable and predictable policy environment, to maintain a vibrant medicines industry in Australia.”

Mr James also congratulates the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP for assuming the role of Minister for Science, along with his existing role as the Minister for Industry.

“Our industry strongly depends on scientific advancement and research innovation, and we look forward to continuing to work with Minister Macfarlane in this respect.”

“We also welcome the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews MP, to assist the Minister.”

“I also wish to acknowledge the constructive engagement with industry and achievements of Minister Peter Dutton in his time in the Health portfolio,” Mr James said.

“Minister Dutton was instrumental in raising the Cabinet threshold for consideration of new PBS listings, quickly clearing the backlog of listings, and reinvigorating the Access to Medicines Working Group.”

“On behalf of the medicines industry I would like to thank Peter Dutton for all his work, and wish him all the best in his new role.”

-ENDS-

Contact Person:

Alexia Vlahos
Phone: (02) 6122 8503
Email:
Alexia.Vlahos@medicinesaustralia.com.au

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