Device Advice - Issue 15
In this issue:
New contracts: Intermed and Obex Medical
Proposal to list a range of Boston Scientific interventional cardiology products
Request for Proposals: Medical thermometer products
Upcoming activity: Mechanical compression devices and anti-embolism stockings
Intermed Medical – Interventional cardiology, sutures and wound care
PHARMAC is pleased to announce an agreement with Intermed Medical for the supply of a variety of interventional cardiology, suture and wound care products.
The 479 products in this agreement have been available in Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 February 2016.
DHB hospitals that purchase these products should now do so under the national agreements at the new pricing. The contract will provide savings to DHBs who are already purchasing the products listed in the agreement.
An agreement with Obex Medical for the supply of interventional cardiology products marks the ninth PHARMAC contract in this category. The total value of the savings our contracts offer in this category is estimated at $4 million over 5 years, based on current use.
The Obex products in this agreement are the Guideliner guide catheter extensions, which are now available in Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule. DHBs that purchase these products should now do so under this national agreement.
PHARMAC is currently seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of interventional cardiology products supplied by Boston Scientific.
Based on current usage, the proposal has estimated total savings of $1.5 million per annum to those DHBs with Cath Lab services.
The PHARMAC agreement would supersede any existing DHB contacts with Boston for the devices included in the agreement, and DHBs who purchase these products will be required to do so under the national PHARMAC agreement.
Around 1016 interventional cardiology products are part of the proposed agreement, which would be listed in the Schedule 1 April 2016.
We welcome feedback on this proposal, by Friday 19 February 2016.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the supply of medical thermometer products was released yesterday on the NZ Government Electronic Tenders Services (GETS) as well as the PHARMAC website.
Thermometers are one of the 12 categories that were identified following a consultation in 2012 in which PHARMAC would begin our medical devices activity.
PHARMAC is looking to establish national contracts for medical thermometer products used in hospitals to measure patient body temperature.
Following evaluation of the RFP responses, we intend to establish national contracts for listing thermometer products on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
Upcoming activity: Single Use Instruments, Mechanical compression devices and anti-embolism stockings
PHARMAC is currently completing planning work in Single Use Instruments, Mechanical Compression Devices and Anti-embolism Stockings with the aim of releasing Request for Proposals (RFPs) in March 2016. The RFPs will be advertised on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Services (GETS) as well as the PHARMAC website.
Single Use Instruments, Mechanical Compression Devices and Anti-embolism Stockings are three of the 12 categories that were identified in consultation with the sector for PHARMAC to begin initial medical devices work.
Last updated: 31 July 2018