Device Advice – Issue 32
- Consultation opens in March 2019 outlining the proposed approach for the next stage in PHARMAC’s management of medical devices
- Five RFPs closed in December and January; one RFP is currently open
- Five new national contracts completed, with listings from 1 February and 1 March 2019
In this issue
We’re focusing on negotiating contracts with suppliers to set nationally-consistent prices for devices that DHBs are currently using.
These agreements have been completed and will soon be listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule:
- Interventional radiology products supplied by Edwards Lifesciences NZ Limited
- Haemodialysis products supplied by BSN Medical Limited
- Needles and syringes supplied by:
Watch our website for the latest about what’s happening in each category.
Here are some highlights of recent activities:
|Permanent coronary drug eluting stents||Abbott Laboratories NZ Limited||Closed 19 December 2018|
|Needles and syringes||Culpan Distributors Ltd||Closes 13 February 2019|
|Needles and syringes||Universal Specialities Limited||Closes 20 February 2019|
|Endomechanical and electrosurgical and patient warming and cooling||3M New Zealand Limited||Closes 18 February 2019|
|Endomechanical and electrosurgical||Big Green Surgical Company||Closes 18 February 2019|
|Endomechanical and electrosurgical and patient warming and cooling||Mӧlnlycke Health Care Pty Ltd||Closes 18 February 2019|
|Patient warming and cooling||New Zealand Medical & Surgical Limited||Closes 18 February 2019|
|Endomechanical and electrosurgical, patient warming and cooling and respiratory equipment and consumables||W M Bamford & Co Limited||Closes 18 February 2019|
Annual Procurement Plan – what’s next?
PHARMAC’s Annual Procurement Plan (APP) lists expected procurements for the next 12 months. It’s on our website, and we update it at the beginning of March and the beginning of November each year.
While it isn't exhaustive, and some opportunities may not end up going ahead as planned, the Annual Procurement Plan will give you an idea of what’s coming up.
Getting the RFPs
All requests for proposals (RFPs) are listed on both:
- PHARMAC’s website and
- the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website(external link).
GETS has limited options for capturing details within the RFP headline description, so we advise suppliers to read the RFP details to confirm the scope of products we’re seeking to contract.
Consultation on the next stage in our management of DHB hospital medical devices
In March 2019, PHARMAC will begin consulting on the way we’ll work with DHBs, suppliers and others to manage fairer access to medical devices that are purchased by DHBs hospitals for use within hospitals or in the community.
The consultation will be live from 5 March on our website.
The next stage of our management would see PHARMAC decide what DHB hospital medical devices the Government funds. Each DHB would determine what devices they use to deliver local services, choosing the most appropriate devices from a national medical devices list.
We’ll be seeking feedback on key questions such as:
- how we can ensure we get sound external advice from a range of healthcare and other professionals to inform decisions about what is on and off the list;
- the proposed approach to dealing with exceptional circumstances; and
- how we can keep working together to develop and implement the new approach.
The new approach would apply to diverse products and equipment including consumable and durable products, implantables and complex equipment – everything from a cotton swab to an orthopaedic implant or home dialysis machine.
The broad outline of the approach reflects significant engagement work with the health sector as well as previous consultations.
You're welcome to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 460 4990.
Notifications and consultations are sent from our email@example.com email address – if responding to these, please contact the individual identified in the relevant notification/consultation, rather than replying to the email you receive.
You can find our contracted medical devices listed under Section H, Part III of the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
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If you have any feedback on this update, please let us know what you think via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 14 February 2019