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Medicines Australia welcomes revitalisation of industry working group

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Media Release

Medicines Australia chief executive Ian Chalmers today congratulated the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon MP, and the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, on their joint announcement that the Pharmaceutical Industry Working Group (PIWG) would be reconvened.

The joint announcement was made in Canberra today at AusPharma08, the industry conference for Medicines Australia members.

“It gives us a strategic platform to discuss industry policy directly with the two Ministers of most importance in the pharmaceutical policy arena,” Mr Chalmers said.

“This direct dialogue is immensely important. There are key policy changes under consideration by the Government.

“The Pharmaceutical Industry Working Group provides industry with the opportunity to propose ideas, debate and collaborate constructively and directly with the Ministers.”

PIWG has brought together industry expertise from Medicines Australia, the Generic Medicines Industry Association, AusBiotech and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The group provides a platform for the industry to engage strategically with Government to ensure an environment that encourages investment in innovation in Australia.

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Contact Person:

Jamie Nicholson
Media Communications Manager
Phone: 0419 220 293
Email:
Jamie.Nicholson@medicinesaustralia.com.au

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