Device Advice - Issue 13
Hospital medical devices newsletter
Your update on PHARMAC’s Hospital Medical Devices programme
Issue 13 – 21 October 2015
In this issue
Following the release of our discussion document in April this year, PHARMAC received valuable feedback about our proposed approach to market share procurement and what this would look like for wound care. The feedback we received about our proposed approach and the clinical advice we’ve received from the Wound Care Advisory Group (WCAG) has helped us shape our process going forward.
We are now seeking proposals from suppliers to be one of up to three main suppliers to DHBs of some subcategories of wound care. Contracts awarded from this process would be the first market share agreements that would require DHB hospitals to purchase from a select number of suppliers (this is the case for some community and hospital medicines).
Following the closure of the RFP we will start the evaluation process and continue to seek advice from the WCAG, DHBs and DHB staff where appropriate. Before making any final decisions, we will consult with you on any proposed agreements that might arise from this RFP process.
Sterile wraps (and associated consumables) is one of the 12 categories that were identified following a consultation in 2012 in which PHARMAC would begin our medical devices activity.
As part of the initial category scoping, PHARMAC sent out a survey to the NZ Sterile Services Association and other DHB Sterile Services departments to find out more about the products being used and their volumes.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) for the supply of sterile wrap products was released in July 2015 as the first of a two part procurement process. Following the evaluation of the EOI responses, we have now released a closed RFP to successful suppliers, inviting them to produce further information on their products and pricing.
PHARMAC has secured a fifth contract for a range of interventional cardiology items.
Following a consultation in September, PHARMAC has entered in to an agreement with Maquet for products covering their Advanta V12, IABP Mega and IABP Sensation ranges. The items will be listed in Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 November 2015.
Maquet will continue providing educational services that will be tailored to suit the needs of individual DHB hospitals.
The contract will provide small savings to DHBs who are already purchasing these Maquet brands. The pricing offered in this contract will be fixed for the first three years.
PHARMAC is currently seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of interventional cardiology products supplied by St Jude.
Around 192 interventional cardiology products are part of the proposed agreement, which would be listed in the Schedule and available for DHBs to purchase from 1 December 2015.
The St Jude proposal has estimated total savings to DHBs of approximately $228,000 per annum, based on current usage.
St Jude would continue to provide educational services, tailored to suit the needs of individual DHB Hospitals as required.
We welcome feedback on this proposal, by Wednesday 11 November 2015.
Over the next two months, PHARMAC is holding a series of forums in DHBs around the country to provide an update on our hospital medical devices activity.
PHARMAC ran a series of DHB forums in 2013 and 2014, and we are keen to continue our partnership with DHB staff in order to develop well thought-out processes that are mindful of the implications for patients, clinicians and DHB staff.
PHARMAC staff will be available more informally following the sessions, where lunch will be provided.
PHARMAC hospital medical devices forums: dates, venues and RSVP (now closed)
PHARMAC staff have been busy attending a number of conferences around the country recently, including the Sterile Services Association, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, NZ Nurses Organisation, and the Emergency, and Perioperative Nurses conferences. They are a great opportunity for us to talk with DHB staff about our most recent activity and to gain feedback about our approach.
We are always keen to provide updates on our activity and would welcome an opportunity to talk with your professional organisation or DHB. Please feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Last updated: 26 June 2018