Wound care products
PHARMAC has completed national contracting for wound care products that are used in DHB hospitals across New Zealand. Following this, PHARMAC has now formed agreements which guarantee some suppliers a portion of the market. This is a critical landmark, setting a foundation for similar activity in the future.
Included within the scope of wound care products
- Adhesive tapes
Suppliers under PHARMAC national contract
- 3M New Zealand
- ConvaTec (New Zealand)
- Covidien New Zealand Ltd
- Jackson Allison Medical & Surgical
- Lohmann & Rauscher Limited
- Mölnlycke Health Care
- Protec Solutions
- Smith & Nephew
- Universal Specialities
- WM Bamford & Co
Products under market share agreements
- IV pressure pads (sterile) - Defries New Zealand Limited
- Low adherent dressings with adhesive border - Protec Solutions Limited
- Combine dressings (non-sterile) - WM Bamford & Co Ltd
- Combine dressings (sterile) - WM Bamford & Co Ltd
- Foam adhesive dressings (with and without border) - Mölnlycke Health Care Pty Limited
- Foam non-adhesive dressings - Universal Specialities Limited
List of contracted products
In moving to market share agreements, PHARMAC has proactively engaged with DHB clinical staff, DHB management and executives, the wider health sector and suppliers.
We’ve taken on board comments made in consultation and in further contact with DHB staff, and made changes based on this. For example, we gave DHBs a longer transition time than originally proposed – eight months to transition to the new agreements by 1 July 2017.
Following the transition, PHARMAC commissioned a review to better understand the effectiveness of the implementation, and to help inform PHARMAC in implementing future agreements for other hospital medical devices.
This report may provide useful feedback for others in the health sector also working on significant change activities.
Seeking expert clinical advice continues to be an important part of our work in medical devices. The Wound Care Advisory Group (WCAG) was established in 2014. The Group is made up of wound care specialists nominated by the National Wound Care Society of New Zealand, as well as a plastic surgeon. Its objective clinical advice substantially assisted us to categorise wound care products, and explore options to standardise and rationalise various subcategories within wound care.
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Last updated: 14 October 2019