Intravenous fluid bags and a range of irrigation solutions (collectively referred to as bulk fluids) have diverse indications and are used in almost every area of DHB hospitals.
It was important to encourage competition in this area as approximately 3.1 million intravenous fluid bags and 700,000 packs of irrigation fluids are used in DHB hospitals each year.
PHARMAC ran a procurement process and established a temporary advisory group of experts to provide specialist clinical advice to assist with the assessment and development of proposals. The process resulted in a large number of brand changes and delistings. We awarded contracts to five suppliers that will help to increase competition and future savings in this area.
PHARMAC also widened access to rivaroxiban, an anticoagulant used for preventing or treating blood clots. Widening access to this medication could benefit up to 12,000 people in the first year of funding.
Last updated: 13 December 2018