Device Advice - Issue 14
In this issue:
The Pharmaceutical Schedule now lists about 14,000 medical devices line items across five categories. Whilst the overall savings have been modest at around $3 million per annum to DHBs, this hasn’t been the primary driver of our work. This work is also importantly providing us the market information we need to ensure we understand what is important in different categories.
PHARMAC expanded into a new category in 2015, with a Request for Proposals released for sterile wraps and associated consumables. As well as this, we consulted on the next stage of our activity, market share procurement for a range of wound care categories, where suppliers will be offered an assured portion of the market in return for competitive pricing.
We are now into the evaluation stage following the wound care Request for Proposals (RFP). The wound care sub-categories in the RFP covered the following groups, and accounts for approximately $7.2 million DHB expenditure per annum:
- Combine Dressings
- Compression bandages
- Foam dressings
- Laparotomy sponges
- Low adherent dressings with adhesive borders
- Securement bandages
- IV pressure pads
During the evaluation process, we will continue to seek wider clinical advice, including from the Wound Care Advisory Group (WCAG), and are engaging with DHB staff where appropriate. We will also provide the opportunity for further input through a consultation on any specific proposals we are considering before any final decisions are made.
PHARMAC is pleased to announce the approval of an agreement with St Jude Medical for the supply of a selection of interventional cardiology devices.
The brand ranges in the agreement include Amplatzer, Angio-Seal, SJM Dilator, Femostop, Guideright, Ultimum and SJM Venous Introducer. The full list of products are now listed in Section H Part III addendum of the Pharmaceutical Schedule
This is the seventh interventional cardiology contract PHARMAC has secured, and we are working to negotiate further contracts in this category.
PHARMAC is currently seeking feedback on a proposal to list ranges of interventional cardiology, suture and wound care products supplied by Intermed Medical.
The proposal accounts for a total of 479 products which are already supplied to DHB hospitals, and would be listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 February 2016.
Further information about the proposal, including the list of products, can be found in the consultation letter. We welcome feedback on this proposal by 23 December 2015.
PHARMAC is currently completing planning work for thermometers with the aim of releasing a Registration of Interest (ROI) in early 2016. The ROI would be advertised on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Services (GETS) as well as the PHARMAC website.
We are looking to procure stand-alone clinical thermometers for measuring body temperature for use in hospitals.
Thermometers are one of the 12 categories that were identified in consultation with the sector for PHARMAC to begin initial medical devices work.
Thank you to all those who came along to the series of forums PHARMAC held around the country recently, which provided an update on our hospital medical devices activity.
These forums continue to provide a great avenue for PHARMAC staff to gain feedback on our activity and hear your questions and ideas. The feedback we gain along the way, whether it’s from a formal consultation or in person, helps us to develop well thought-out processes that are mindful of the implications for patients, clinicians and other DHB staff.
Some of the questions that were raised during the forums related to the nature of the first stage of the activity PHARMAC is completing in hospital medical devices.
Our early work is focused on negotiating national contracts with suppliers to set national prices on items that DHBs are already purchasing. Currently, our national contracts do not require DHBs to purchase items they are not already purchasing; therefore product evaluations continue to be completed by DHBs.
We welcome your feedback or questions you have at any time. You can email us at email@example.com
Last updated: 13 December 2018