Proposal to list products in the surgical suction, chest and wound drainage; and obstetrics and gynaecology categories supplied by REM Systems Ltd
25 March 2019
What we’re proposing
PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products and obstetric and gynaecology products in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 June 2019 through a provisional Agreement with REM Systems Ltd (“REM”).
Consultation closes at 4pm on Wednesday 10 April 2019 and feedback can be emailed to email@example.com.
What would the effect be?
From 1 June 2019, REMs range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products and obstetrics and gynaecology products would fall under a national agreement (“Agreement”) that all DHBs may purchase under. The Agreement provides national consistency for these devices as the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreement and apply to all DHB purchases from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
The Agreement would not be for sole supply, with DHBs continuing to be able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage and obstetrics and gynaecological products.
This Agreement would supersede any existing DHB contracts with this supplier for the devices listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule. Any device listed in a PHARMAC Agreement and purchased by a DHB would be at the price and with the terms and conditions stated in the Agreement, effective from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
PHARMAC estimates that the REM Agreement will result in a small cost increase for DHBs based on current usage of the obstetrics and gynaecology products, while the range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products are new for DHBs and may offer savings over other brands.
Who we think will be interested
- DHB Staff
- Theatre staff
- Surgeons - general and specialties
- Surgical, specialty units, gynaecology and general ward staff
- Delivery suite staff
- procurement officers
- Suppliers and Wholesalers
About the medical devices
Surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products
Surgical interventions of any kind result in tissue damage and blood and other fluid loss. To manage this during the procedure itself, suction equipment is used to remove tissue particles and fluid to ensure the operating field is kept clean and clear.
Post-operatively fluid can accumulate within the wound causing tissue damage, infection, patient discomfort and delayed healing. To prevent this a drain can be inserted to allow fluid to be removed with minimal disruption of the wound site.
A drain is described as any material or equipment used to prevent the formation of a haematoma or to carry fluid or air from inside the body to the surface. Drains can be used with or without previous surgical intervention e.g. chest drains inserted at the bedside or placed in theatre during surgery. Drains can be classified as either open or closed systems.
Irrigation systems can be used to provide a steady flow of a solution across an open wound to provide wound hydration, to remove deep debris and to assist visualisation. It can be applied using a variety of techniques and devices.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology products
This category includes all equipment and consumables used in the obstetric and gynaecology specialities. Products used in delivery suites and by midwives on the wards are included. Gynaecology is the specialty that treats conditions related to female reproductive organs. A small number of devices related to fertility and sterility may be listed as some limited assisted reproduction services are provided by a small number of DHB Hospitals. However most funded services are provided by private clinics are therefore out of scope for PHARMAC.
Why we’re proposing this
In 2018 PHARMAC issued a Requests for Proposals (“RFPs”) for:
The RFP was for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
PHARMAC has been working with suppliers in order to seek provisional agreements and this is the latest surgical suction, chest and wound drainage proposal, and first obstetrics and gynaecology proposal to arise from those processes. We intend to consult on proposed agreements with other suppliers over the next few months.
Details about our proposal
PHARMAC has entered into a provisional Agreement with REM for the supply of a range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products and a range of obstetrics and gynaecology products. The product ranges in this proposal have been included in this consultation.
We are making the full list with pricing details available to Procurement Departments at DHBs.
To provide feedback
Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm, Wednesday 10 April 2019.
All feedback received before the closing date will be considered by PHARMAC’s Board (or its delegate) prior to making a decision on this proposal.
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Last updated: 25 March 2019