Updated on 19 April 2013
Mr Kevin Sheehy, general manager, Medicines New Zealand, New Zealand
Medicines New Zealand is the industry association representing companies engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription medicines in New Zealand.
Mr Kevin Sheehy, general manager, Medicines New Zealand, New Zealand, sheds light on the functioning of the association and the developments that have taken place over last two years. Excerpts from the interview:
What is the total number of members of your association? What is the eligibility to become a member of your association?
Medicines New Zealand has 19 member companies; our membership is open to companies involved in pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing and distribution in New Zealand. We also have an associate membership category for any company that works closely with pharmaceutical companies.
Could you tell us about the major focus areas of the association?
Medicines New Zealand works to demonstrate the value of medicines, within the context of total healthcare; ensure access for all New Zealanders and their medical advisors to new medicines; encourage and support continuing advancement in medical science and its application in health; and ensure the industry, through Medicines New Zealand, is recognised by the health sector and the community generally as a key partner in maintaining the good health of all New Zealanders.A central objective of Medicines New Zealand is to promote the benefits of a strong research-based medicines industry in New Zealand.
How do you promote the strong medicines industry in New Zealand?
In order to promote the strong research-based medicines industry of New Zealand, we undertake a number of key activities. We monitor and evaluate health sector developments, undertake research into issues of concern for the industry, make representations to central government on legislation and policies affecting members and maintain relationships with the Ministry of Health, its agencies and other interest groups within the sector.