Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Culpan Distributors Limited

Hospital devices Consultation Closes 03 Aug

Pharmac is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of medical devices in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

What we’re proposing

Pharmac is seeking feedback on a proposal to list medical devices supplied by Culpan Distributors Limited (“Culpan”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 September 2021 through a non-exclusive provisional agreement.

We propose to list medical devices in the following categories:

Consultation closes at 4pm Tuesday 3 August 2021 and feedback can be emailed to sam.bright@pharmac.govt.nz.

What would the effect be?

From 1 September 2021, Culpan’s ranges of non-dedicated and consumable infusion devices; and surgical drapes, gowns and procedure packs (“medical devices”) would be listed under a proposed national agreement (“Agreement”) that all DHBs may purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by Pharmac’s Board or delegate.

The Agreement would not be for sole supply, with DHBs continuing to be able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of Medical Devices.

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

Pricing for the devices in this 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

  • DHB clinical staff including but not limited to:
    • Procurement Officers and supply chain personnel
    • Clinical engineers and maintenance services
    • ICU, emergency, and critical care staff
    • Anaesthetists
    • Perioperative care staff
    • Surgeons
    • Oncologists
    • Nurses (both inpatient and community based)
    • Infection control staff
    • General medical ward staff
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

About the medical devices

Infusion devices

Infusion devices are medical devices used, or associated with devices used, in the infusion of fluids such as medications, intravenous solutions (such as saline, glucose, and electrolyte solutions), blood, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solutions into the body. This includes medical devices used in intravenous therapy as well as other infusion therapies.

PHARMAC’s infusion devices category includes:

  • non-dedicated and consumable infusion devices not associated with infusion equipment; and
  • infusion equipment and associated devices.

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.

Procedure packs are customisable and made specifically to the DHB’s clinician’s needs. They include a variety of disposable items.

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 has been working with suppliers who responded to these RFPs to seek provisional agreements. These proposals are the latest to arise from these processes and we expect to consult on further provisional agreements with suppliers of both categories throughout 2021.

Details about our proposal

Pharmac has entered into a provisional agreement with Culpan for the supply of medical devices.

The proposal would result in Pharmaceutical Schedule listings for:

Category

Brands

Number of Products

Non-Dedicated & Consumable Infusion Devices

Bellovac ABT

13

Surgical drapes, gowns and procedure packs

Civco
Envision
Intuit

18

Further information, including pricing and contractual details, has been provided to DHB procurement personnel. Clinicians interested in further detail on what this change means for their DHB should engage with their procurement teams.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: sam.bright@pharmac.govt.nz by 4pm Tuesday 3 August 2021.

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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