Tagged: regulation

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 3: Running Out of Excuses - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 12, 2015

Ethical pharmacy practice is something I have written about before. If you’ve read those posts, please bear with me as I cover some familiar background. In New Zealand, we are lucky enough to have an industry code of ethics for pharmacists, published by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, which holds pharmacists to high ethical […] … Read More

What’s happening at the petrol pump? - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Mar 06, 2015

Petrol prices, and petrol profit margins, have been in the news. Labour, for example, wants an inquiry; ACT doesn't; and apparently the AA hasn't been happy about 'miserly' falls in local petrol prices as the world oil price has dropped sharply.Much of the attention has been based on MBIE's weekly monitoring of 'importer margins', the 'importer margin' … Read More

When Marketing Trumps Science - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 06, 2015

Recently I’ve run across a couple of New Zealand companies that sell therapeutic products – one a weight loss pill, the other a jet lag drink – that seem to put marketing first and let science take the back seat. This is by no means new behaviour, but I want to use them as examples […] … Read More

More house lending controls to come? - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Feb 17, 2015

As we all know, the Reserve Bank is in a difficult spot.It can't easily raise rates. It probably doesn't want to anyway, since (as I've argued before), overall monetary policy conditions are already too tight. But even if it did, the Kiwi dollar would appreciate, or at the very least not fall to the levels the RBNZ would like: … Read More

Irradiation of Food and Compulsory Labelling - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Feb 01, 2015

Biosecurity is a big issue for New Zealand. Being a group of islands fairly isolated from all other landmasses and having quite a unique native ecosystem (many native birds with no native mammalian predators and few native land mammals), we have a lot to lose from introduced species. There are also biological threats to industry […] … Read More

New Zealand Skeptics Conference: Fighting Pseudoscience - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Dec 09, 2014

Over the weekend, I attended the New Zealand Skeptics Conference at Auckland University. It was a great weekend, with consistently good speakers. Not only did we have the hosts of the popular Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast and George Hrab from the Geologic podcast over from America, we also had a lot of fantastic […] … Read More

KISS - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Dec 04, 2014

This morning the Commerce Commission released the wholesale price Chorus is allowed to charge to Internet service providers (ISPs), and which therefore is the core component of the retail prices those ISPs charge you for your fixed line broadband.It's made up of two parts, the first being the bit for the cost of the copper line from your place … Read More

Information failure? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 03, 2014

Last week's column for Insights argued against Obama's new regulations mandating calorie counts on standard menu items at large chains. A snippet:The costs of mandatory calorie counts are pretty obvious. In addition to the usual labelling costs, they also make menus a lot more rigid. For places like McDonald’s, it’s pretty easy.Standard menu items across thousands of locations make … Read More

Copper & Magnetic Healing: How to Respond to Complaints - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Nov 21, 2014

Last Saturday, I was in a store that had a display on their counter advertising copper and magnetic jewellery: As you may be aware, claims that copper jewellery are able to help with arthritis are relatively common, although the evidence is pretty negative. The claim about magnets attracting iron in your blood and thereby increasing […] … Read More