ASMI Welcomes New Parliamentary Secretary for Health & Ageing

26 March 2013

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26 March 2013 - The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI), the industry body representing non-prescription consumer healthcare products, today welcomed the announcement of Shayne Neumann MP as the new Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing.

Commenting on the appointment, ASMI Executive Director Dr Deon Schoombie said: "I would like to congratulate Mr Neumann on his elevation to the health portfolio. ASMI looks forward to working with him to ensure a pragmatic approach is taken to the numerous regulatory reforms currently impacting the over-the-counter and complementary medicines industry.

"ASMI would also like to extend its appreciation and congratulations to the outgoing Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King
, who was engaged and accessible on matters affecting the industry.

"We encourage Mr Neumann to maintain the approach of Ms King in encouraging dialogue betweenthe industry and the Therapeutic Goods Administration on major issues that impact the non-prescription healthcare sector such as the current labelling and packaging review."

ASMI also congratulated Don Farrell, who has been promoted as Minister for Science and Research.