Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Jackson Allison Medical and Surgical Limited

Hospital devices

Consultation Closed

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of medical devices supplied by Jackson Allison Medical and Surgical Limited in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 December 2019.

What we’re proposing

We propose to list medical devices in the following categories:

  • endomechanical and electrosurgical products
  • surgical drapes, gowns and procedure packs

Consultation closes at 4pm on Friday, 25 October 2019 and feedback can be emailed to jeremy.price@pharmac.govt.nz.

What would the effect be?

From 1 December 2019, Jackson Allison’s range of endomechanical and electrosurgical products and surgical drapes, gowns and procedure packs would be listed under a proposed national agreement (“Agreement”) that all DHB hospitals may purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by PHARMAC’s Board or delegate.

The Agreement would not be for sole supply; DHBs would be able to continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of endomechanical and electrosurgical products, surgical drapes, gowns and procedure pack medical devices. 

The Agreement would supersede any existing DHB contracts with Jackson Allison for the medical devices included in the Agreement. Any medical devices listed in the Agreement, and purchased by a DHB, would be at the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreement, effective from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

As part of the Agreement Jackson Allison would provide appropriate training and education services that would be tailored to the individual needs of DHBs, in formats and at times as required by DHBs.

Pricing for the medical devices in the Agreement, subject to any prior termination of the Agreement, would not be increased without prior consultation and approval by PHARMAC.

Who we think will be interested

  • Suppliers and Wholesalers
  • Clinical and non-clinical DHB staff:
    • Clinical/Biomedical Engineers
    • Surgeons
    • Perioperative staff
    • Surgical and general ward staff
    • Central sterile services personnel
    • Procurement and supply chain personnel

About the medical devices

Endomechanical and electrosurgical products

Endomechanical and electrosurgical medical devices are used in a vast range of surgical specialties and procedures. Many have been specifically designed to be used for minimally invasive surgical techniques whilst others are only used in open surgery procedures. Some require power sources or other equipment to perform their function.

The endomechanical and electrosurgical medical devices category encompasses the product ranges of endomechanical instruments, electrosurgical instruments, energy platforms and their associated consumable products. This covers both disposable and re-usable options, as well as the portable power sources or other equipment that specific instruments may require to be functional.

Surgical drapes, gowns and procedure packs

Single use sterile surgical drapes are used during surgery to reduce the risk of infection of the surgical site by isolating and protecting the surgical site from exposure to microorganisms that may be present in the patient’s own microbial flora, the operating theatre environment, or on members of the surgical team.

Single use sterile surgical gowns are personal protective garments intended to be worn over the scrub suit of the operating team during surgical procedures.

Single use surgical procedure packs are delivered to operating theatres as a set of disposable medical products required for a specific surgical intervention provided in a single packed sterile pack/tray format.

Why we’re proposing this

In 2018 PHARMAC issued Requests for Proposals for

The RFPs were for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

PHARMAC have been working with suppliers in order to seek provisional agreements, and this is the latest agreement to be negotiated with a proposed listing date of 1 December 2019.

We intend to consult on further provisional agreements, with other suppliers, over the coming months.

Details about our proposal

The proposal would result in 161 medical devices being listed in the brands, and number of items in each category, as below:

Category

Brands

Line items

Endomechanical and Electrosurgical Products

Buffalo, DeRoyal, New Deantronics, Meister Surgical, Fairmont, Pennine Healthcare, R-Med

109

Surgical Drapes and Gowns

Advanced Medical Design, Aspen Surgical, Guardian, DeRoyal, Fairmont, Pennine, Premierguard,

52

A full product list with pricing has been made available to appropriate DHB personnel.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: jeremy.price@pharmac.govt.nz by 5pm on Friday, 25 October 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.

Feedback we receive is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and we will consider any request to have information withheld in accordance with our obligations under the OIA. Anyone providing feedback, whether on their own account or on behalf of an organisation, and whether in a personal or professional capacity, should be aware that the content of their feedback and their identity may need to be disclosed in response to an OIA request.

We are not able to treat any part of your feedback as confidential unless you specifically request that we do, and then only to the extent permissible under the OIA and other relevant laws and requirements. If you would like us to withhold any commercially sensitive, confidential proprietary, or personal information included in your submission, please clearly state this in your submission and identify the relevant sections of your submission that you would like it withheld. PHARMAC will give due consideration to any such request.