Sign our open letter to show your support

Health professionals, associations, academics and consumers have been pushing for decades to ban DTCA-PM. We need to act now, but to get it across the line, the Minister and the Government need to know they have your full support. Please sign our open letter to Minister Verrall.

E te Minita, tēnā koe,

For decades, doctors have been concerned that Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Medicines (DTCA-PM) presents a biased, overly optimistic picture of advertised medicines and prompts patients to request treatments they do not need.

Health practitioners, health professional associations and consumers have continued to call for the practice to be banned in Aotearoa New Zealand, stating that the health claims in DTCA-PM are often unsubstantiated and based on weak evidence; in its most basic form, the priority of advertising is sales and profits; and the triangulation and imbalance of power between the industry, prescribers, and patients places the latter at a distinct disadvantage.

We have outlined 10 reasons why CMC strongly recommend the Therapeutic Products Bill expressly prohibit pharmaceutical advertising direct to consumers in our submission to the Health Select Committee.

They are:

  1. DTCA-PM is prohibited almost everywhere else in the OECD
  2. DTCA-PM is inconsistent with efforts to improve New Zealanders health literacy
  3. DTCA-PM targets the most vulnerable
  4. DTCA-PM leads to increased costs for the health system
  5. DTCA-PM leads to inappropriate prescribing and over-treatment
  6. DTCA-PM leads to iatrogenic harm
  7. DTCA-PM puts the doctor-patient relationship at risk.
  8. DTCA-PM regulation options are flawed
  9. DTCA-PM does not provide patients with useful information
  10. DTCA-PM perpetuates power imbalance in pharmaceutical companies favour

DTCA-PM benefits those who can derive a profit from its existence: the pharmaceutical industry, the advertising industry, and pharmacy businesses.

Ultimately, removing DTCA-PM would free up our overstretched medical professionals by thousands of hours a year – hours that would be much better spent helping sick Kiwis get better. Right now, we estimate New Zealand’s doctors spend around 48,000 hours a year dealing with queries that come up only because of this advertising.

Amongst developed nations, New Zealand and the United States are the only countries that allow this sort of advertising. Banning direct to consumer advertising will bring New Zealand into line with international partners and reduce stress on our health system.

DTCA-PM is often predatory and puts profit ahead of the safety of patients and the expertise of medical professionals. The best person to give patients advice about which treatment is right for them is their health professional – not an advertising campaign whose interest is to push up sales volume.

Prohibiting DTCA-PM is a simple legislative change that will have a profound impact on patients, and free up time for health professionals to look after sick people. There is a consensus view across doctors, across health, across academia, and the opportunity for bipartisanship across political parties, that we need to act now.

We’ve missed many opportunities as a country to fix this and make the Medicines Act fit for purpose. I urge you not to miss the opportunity in front of you.

Ngā mihi,

The Council of Medical Colleges, and the undersigned.

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Prof Louise Signal Academic
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Dr Kathryn Hagen Anaesthesiologist
Dr Katie Humm Doctor
Dr Vik Singh Anaesthetist
Dr Rupa Patel MD - Queens University Canada
Dr Yvonne Wagner Specialist
Dr Kim Lawson General Practitioner
Prof Simon Hales Research Professor
Dr Lucy Elkin
Dr Michele Cooper GP Specialist
Prof Rowena Cullen Emeritus professor, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Andrea Teng Researcher
Dr Kate Margetts
Dr K Jamieson
Mr Maurice Priestley
Dr Karen Pedersen Anaesthetist
Dr Jessie Radford
Dr Melody Curie GP Registrar
Dr Shona Roberts General Practitioner
Dr Ashley Bloomfield Professor, School of Population Health
Dr Sara Ralph GP Partner
Dr Kaye Logan SMO
Dr Caroline Yuill RMO
Dr Aaron Liston RMO
Dr Alice Lumsden Medical Registrar
Prof Rob Siebers Research
Dr Mark Sagarin Consultant
Prof Rob Beaglehole Emeritus Professor
Dr Phoebe Dreadon General practitioner
Dr Sofie Rose Medical Registrar
Dr Elizabeth Dunn Anaesthetist
Dr Beth O'Donnell General practitioner
Dr Nathan O'Donnell Doctor
Evan Ireland
Dr Fiona Imlach Epidemiologist
Dr Javier Garjon Editor Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin of Navarre (Spain)
Gerard Melchers House Officer
Dr Andrew Mcleod General practitioner
Dr Colin Millard Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
Dr Marion Leighton Specialist
Dr Eliane Ho General practitioner
Ms Emma Burnell Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Susan Weggery
Sandra Coney Former elected member Waitemata DHD; First chair Consumer Advisory Committee, Pharmac
Bruce Kidd Research Fellow
Dr Rebecca Stevenson Hospice Medical Officer
Dr Anneke Nieuwenhuis Doctor
Dr Rebecca Randerson Specialist GP
Dr Anna Byrne Consultant Haematologist
Dr Judy Ormandy FRANZCOG - Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Lavinia Perumal Public Health Medicine Specialist
Dr Marisa Schubert Anaesthetic Registrar
Dr Phillipa Clark SMO
Dr Nuwan Dharmawardana ENT Registrar
Dr Nicki Hartland GP
Dr Catriona Austin
Dr Julian Pettit GP / Director, Wanaka Medical
Dr Sarah Phipps Anaesthetist
Dr Tom Mossong House Officer
Prof Lisa Cosgrove University of Massachusetts-Boston Professor and Faculty Fellow Applied Ethics Center
Professor Ruth Bonita Beaglehole ONZM Member Cartwright Collective
Dr Lauren Chalmers GP
Ms Barbara Holland Co-Convenor Federation of Women's Health Councils
Dr Miriam Larsen-Barr Clinical Psychologist
Prof Joanna Manning Professor of Medical Law, member Cartwright Collective
Dr Lupe Taumoepeau Vascular & Transplant Surgeon
Dr Oliver Coleman Paediatric Registrar
Dr Mary Brooker Anaesthetist
Prof John Potter Professor; formerly Chief Science Advisor to MoH
Dr Sue Bagshaw Doctor, trustee, educator and Chairperson, senior clinical lecturer
Dr Cherry Laurenson GP
Jaime Lyth
Dr Savitha Bhagvan Surgeon
Dr Graeme Camp
Ms Lyn Thomas Retired
Prof M. Gary Nicholls Emeritus Professor
Murray Thomas Retired
Ms Margi Luby
Dr Martin Paul Than Nyunt Doctor
Dr Vanessa Stedman Doctor
Ms Kim Barnett
Ms Sue Claridge Communications Manager, Auckland Women's Health Council
Mr Dale Smith
Mr Peter Selwyn Director, myt3 Ltd
Ms Ngatania Ward
Dr Chris Whittington General Practitioner, Silverdale Medical
Dr Anthony Hay General Practitioner
Dr Irena Steinfeld General Practitioner
Mr William Neunreuther
Dr Gary Payinda Emergency Medical Specialist, Te Whatu Ora, Te Tai Tokerau
Peter Gluckman Director, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures
Dr Patricia McIntosh General Practitioner
Mr Graham Bull
Mr Oliver Roberts
Ms Ingrid Perols
Ms Charlotte Korte Co-Founder, The Health Consumer Advocacy Alliance
Dr Lauren Antley GP, Promed Doctors
Dr Jacqui Gordon General Practitioner
Dr Maike Mewe FRNZCGP
Associate Professor Elana Curtis The University of Auckland
Dr Victoria Shaw Youth Health Doctor, Independent
Dr Toby Calvert Rural Hospital Registrar
Dr Mark Hussey ED Clinical Leader, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Capital Coast & Hut Valley Te Whatu Ora
Dr Vicki Coleman Anaesthetist
Kerstin Perols
Dr Brad Peckler SMO, Te Whatu Ora
Dr Hugh Blackley
Dr Karen Amies
Dr Jack Dummer Respiratory consultant and senior lecturer, University of Otago
Prof. Charlotte Paul Emeritus Professor, University of Otago
Dr Sue Ong
Dr Jelena Bennett Consultant Psychiatrist , Te Whatu Ora
Dr Kate Stanbridge ED SMO, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha
Dr Vanessa Souter General Practitioner
Dr Fiona Whitworth General Practitioner
Dr Kerry Macaskill-Smith GP, KMS Health Ltd
Dr Linda Pirrit GP, Turuki Medical
Dr Sarah Holmes GPEP3+ GP reg, Papakura East Medical Centre
Dr Hella Insinger GP, Urgent Care and Company Doctor, WSLtd
Dr Rob Hayes GP, Tima Health
Dr Meg Thomson General Practitioner
Dr Deborah Payne Associate Professor, AUT
Dr Michael Loten Specialist GP, Raglan Medical
Mrs Aly Timmings Manager, Waikato Brain and Spine
Dr Josephine O'Grady General Practitioner
Dr Jude Ball Senior Research Fellow, University of Otago
Dr Susan Grindlay GP Owner, Helensburgh Medical Centre
Dr Peter Hurly
Dr Eline Thomson Public Health Medicine Registrar
Ms Hweiling ow
Ms Saii Kiew Ng Retired, Accounts and Lecturer
Dr Miriam Martin GP, Urgent Care, Village Health Lincoln Road
Ms Karen Pewhairangi
Dr Stephen Brown GP, Durham Health
Dr Rex Yule Rural GP, Amberley Medical Centre
Dr Mike Osselton GP, St Martin's Medical Practice
Dr Michael Tarry Retired GP
Dr Lois Fong General Practitioner
Mr Isaac Flynn Medical Laboratory Scientist
Dr Kay Joyce General Practitioner
Dr Victoria Flight
Dr Geraldine Trevella GP, Amberley Medical Centre
Dr Sue Hamer General Practitioner
Dr Diana Kim Nicholson Burgess Clinical Leader for Population Health, Pegasus Health
Prof. Kevin Dew
Dr Maria Burke GP in Ōtautahi/Christchurch
Dr Susan Bargh GP, Bryndwr Medical Rooms
Dr John Carnachan GP, Knox Medical Practice
Dr Martin Wilson Clinical Leader, Pegasus Health
Denise Nicholson
Dr Briar Hill MDHB
Ms Maree Mabey Medical Receptionist, Village Health
Dr Gabriella Ellen NZCPHM
Ms Libbey Grant Research Fellow, University of Otago Wellington
Ms Amy Johnston
Dr Alison Blaiklock Public Health Physician
Dr Rebecca Nicholls General Practitioner
Mr Matt Adams Architect, Adams Architects
Dr David Pillbrow GP, Travis MC
Dr Megan Higgins General Practitioner, Newtown Union Health Service
Dr Sharon Ashmore General Practitioner, Kendal Medical Centre
Dr Catriona MacGregor General Practitioner
Kirstin Brown
Mr Wayne Lim General Manager, Te Awamutu Medical Centre
Dr Rachelle Pound General Practitioner
Dr Jane Henrys General Practitioner
Dr Alf Scragg
Ms Melissa Ewart CMC
Gloria Forgie
Ms Letitia Marchand Practice Manager, Doctors on Cashel
Mr Tony Falkenstein
Dr Katherine Lovell General Practitioner
Dr Liz Schroder General Practitioner
Dr Janett Andres General Practitioner
Dr Stephen Baker GP, Bryndwr Medical Rooms
Dr Emma Losco Geriatrician, Te Whatu Ora
David Britten
Dr Elizabeth Loudon GP, St Martin's Medical
Mr Shan Valiyara Research Fellow, University of Otago
Dr Mark Fulcher President, Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians
Clare Greasley Pharmacy Services Manager, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha
Mr Ketan Buddhdev Citizen
Dr Renly Lim Pharmacist
Dr Erika Sirisomboonwong Public Health Registrar
Dr Jaimie Dikstaal
Dr Andrea Judd General Practice Owner, Kaikōura Healthcare
Dr Jeremy Tuohy
Dr Anne Hurly GP, Queen St Practice, Wairoa
Dr Nicky Baxter Geriatrician
Jo Cobbett ED SMO
Dr Annabel Begg Public Health Specialist, Te Whatu Ora
Mr David Wills Director, Nurses Society of New Zealand
Dr David Finlay General Practitioner
Dr Ramon Pink Clinical Director, Te Mana Ora Community and Public Health
Ms Louisa Sowerby Pharmacist, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha
Dr Li Shawn Lim General Practitioner
Prof. Paul Rouse Academic, University of Auckland
Dr Joan Leighton General Practitioner
Dr Louise Draper GP, Merivale Medical Practice
Dr Timothy Crampton Doctor
Dr Caroline Hart
Mrs Glenys Moore Nurse Manager, St Martins Medical Practice
Dr Felix Rueppell GP/Director, Port Hills Health
Dr Shelley Louw GP, The Christchurch Doctors
Dr Rose Laing General Practitioner
Prof Hee Teng Aw Retired
Dr Nicole Anderson GP, Village Health Lincoln Road
Hammond Williamson GP, Action Medical
Dr Christopher Leathart GP, Bishopdale Medical
Dr Sharon Gardiner Co-Lead, NZ Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Pharmacist Expert Group
Dr Elizabeth Mangan GP Partner, Riccarton Medical
Dr Rebecca Langley
Ms Annie Egan ICU pharmacist / critical care educator, Te Whatu Ora
Dr Anthony Spencer Clinical Director General Medicine. CDHB
Dr Alice Faulkner GP Owner, Nelson East Medical
Dr Robert Bester Director/ GP, Bester McKay Family Doctors
Dr Natalie Balme GP, Bester McKay Family Drs
Dr Christine Elder Radiation Oncologist
Dr Sam Martin Paediatric Registrar
Dr Nat Anglem
Dr Dean Mannis
Ms Sharon Brinsdon Retired - Ex GP manager NMDHB board member
Dr Emily Cavana Senior Lecturer and General Practitioner
Dr Roger Baillie GP, Invercargill Medical Centre
Ms Margaret Baillie
Dr Alison Jackson Anaesthetist
Dr Josh Johnstone General Practitioner
Ms Sian Dawson Clinical Lead Pharmacist, Education, Training and Practice Research, Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland
Dr Joanna Beaumont General Practitioner
Dr Murray Robson GP, Straven Medical Rooms
Dr David McQuade SMO, CCDHB
Ms Angela Tiller Practice Nurse, St Martin's Medical
Dr Daniel Watson Regional Director of Emergency Medicine Training, Te Whatu Ora Capital Coast and Hutt Valley
Dr Adam Campbell GP, Canterbury Primary Health
Dr Devlyn Corrigan Senior Medical Officer, Health New Zealand
Dr Evelyn Pui GP, Inspire Health Medical Practice
Dr Judith Millar General Practitioner
Dr Laura Juliet Wilkinson Emergency Medicine Specialist, Wellington Hospital
Ms Sarah Keen Managing Editor MIMS New Zealand, MIMS Australia and New Zealand
Dr Sarah Metcalf Infectious Diseases & General Medicine Specialist Physician, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha
Dr Henning Heste General Practitioner
Dr Simon Dalton Consultant, TWO
Mr Jean-Pierre Meyer
Ms Sian Dawson President, New Zealand Hospital Pharmacy Association
Fiona Taylor Research Admin, University of Otago, Wellington
Dr Bevan Rogers GP, Southside Health
Dr Matthew Reid Public Health Medicine Specialist, Te Whatu Ora
Dr Caroline Ryan GP, Templeton Medical
Ms Hwei Gjin Ow Consumer
Dr Shirin Robinson General Practitioner
Dr Brendon Aish GP, Crawford Medical
Dr Anna Stevenson Public Health Physician, Te Whatu Ora
Ms Ariel Hubbert Pharmacist
Ms Merusha Naidoo Clinical Informatics Analyst | Pharmacist
Dr Thomas Stevenson Emergency Physician, Te Whatu Ora Taranaki
Dr Fiona Campbell GP Liaison, Te Whatu Ora
Dr Ruth Savage Senior Lecturer, Dept of General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch
Mrs Paula Robb
Dr Timothy Bevin Retired, RNZCGP
Mr John Almond
Dr Andre Adam ED Registrar, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha
Dr Jason Feng Emergency Specialist, Te Whatu Ora Capital Coast and Hutt Valley
Dr Rhys Jones
Dr Stephanie Mackie Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Te Whatu Ora Counties Medicine
Mai Nguyen
Dr Yasmin McGrane Emergency Department Senior Medical Officer, Te Whatu Ora = Taranaki Base Hospital
Dr Rachael Luckie Specialist Emergency Physician, Te Whatu Ora Waikato
Dr Lauren Cumberpatch General Practitioner
Dr Bernd Stoltenberg GP, City Medical Gisborne Ltd
Dr Isabelle Duck Clinical Director of Urgent Care, Silverdale Medical
Giselle Bahr Clinical Psychologist, Excellence in Mind
Dr Jacques Marchand Principal General Practitioner, Doctors on Cashel @ Allen Street
Dr Vanessa Somos Paediatric and Public Health Registrar
Dr Warren Groarke Partner, Silverdale Medical
Dr Ruth Lopert Director, LWC Health Pty Ltd
Prof. Craig Welch Director, LWC Health
Dr Connie Juhn GP, Sexual Assault Forensic Doctor, Three Kings Family Medical Centre
Dr Emma Carter General Practitioner
Dr Penny Jeffery Emergency Physician, CCDHB
Dr Catherine Xu GP, Burnside Medical Centre
Ms Janice Moody Pharmacist, Te Whatu Ora
Mrs Margaret Gardner
Dr Clare O'Brien
Dr Brett Shand Retired PhD qualified clinical research scientist
Ms Sian Gilhooley Child Health Services Manager, Comprehensive Care PHO
Ms Natasha Pool Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Te Whatu Ora
Lisa Parker Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Prof. John Abraham
Dr Zahed Mohammad Masud Publishing Drug Bulletin, Health Action Forum
Dr Christopher Todd
Dr Carla Rockel GP, Ngaio medical centre
Wolfgang Becker-Brüser Editor, Arznei-Telegramm
Dr Brandon Rickards GP and Practice Owner, RNZCGP
Dr Stefan Schulze SMO
Prof. Jörg Striessnig Licensed Pharmacologist, Chairman Institute of Pharmacy, University of Innsbruck
Dr Sue Bibby General Practitioner and Senior Research Fellow, University of Otago
Dr Bronwyn Turner
Dr Gabrielle McDonald Public Health Physician
Dr Felicity Pugh Specialist, Te Toka Tumai
Dr Fraser Burling Physician, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Clinic
Dr Sarah Blair GP Registrar
Ms Rawa Osman Pharmacist
Kateřina Viktorová PharmDr, Farmakoterapeutické informace, member of ISDB, administered by Státní ústav pro kontrolu léčiv, Czech Republic
Dr Simonette Mallard NZCPHM
Dr Staffan Svensson General Practitioner, Västra Götalandsregionen, Sweden
Ms Vineeta Prasad Nurse, Middlemore Hospital
Mr Daniel Wilson Medical Student, University of Auckland
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