Former president of NZSMI, Anish Patel has been on the board for 5 years. Patel has worked for Bayer since 2009 and will soon cross the ditch to Sydney to become Bayer’s Head of Business Development and Strategy in Consumer Health.
What are the biggest issues facing consumer healthcare products, in New Zealand and globally?
I believe one of the biggest issues currently in New Zealand is the passing of the natural health products bill. The bill has already been under discussion for over four years in government, so you have to wonder if and when any substantial changes will be made. There are obviously many interested parties and agendas around the bill. Many claims are being made about natural products, many of which I believe are unsubstantiated.