Pharmac has now completed national contracting for some types of surgical sutures that are purchased by Te Whatu Ora for use in hospitals or in the community across New Zealand.

Included within the scope of sutures

  • Absorbable ranges
  • Bolsters
  • Hemostatic agents
  • Non-absorbable - nylon, polybutester, polyproylene, synthetic, silk, stainless steel ranges
  • Temporary cardiac pacing wire
  • Wound closure tapes

List of contracted products

Search the Schedule addendum [PDF, 14 MB] for "suture".

Search the Schedule spreadsheet [XLSX, 15 MB] for "suture".

Suppliers under Pharmac national contract

Medtronic New Zealand Limited (formerly Covidien New Zealand

Intermed Medical Limited

Johnson and Johnson (New Zealand)

Universal Specialities Limited


In 2013 PHARMAC made a direct approach to the known suppliers in the New Zealand market. This approach was in the form of a request for a submission to PHARMAC for a listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

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