Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Device Technologies New Zealand Limited
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 Device Technologies New Zealand Limited (“Device Technologies”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 May 2022 through a non-exclusive provisional agreement.
We propose to list medical devices supplied by Device Technologies in the following categories:
- Anaesthetic machines, invasive ventilators, neonatal care and critical care patient monitoring (“critical care”); and
- Medical imaging, software and associated products (“medical imaging”).
Consultation closes at 4pm Monday 28 March 2022 and feedback can be emailed to email@example.com.
What would the effect be?
From 1 May 2022 medical devices in the categories listed above 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 and DHBs can continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of critical care medical devices and medical imaging, software and associated products.
The Agreement would supersede any existing DHB contracts with Device Technologies for the medical devices included in the Agreement. Any medical device listed in the Agreement, and purchased by a DHB, would be in accordance with the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreement effective from the date of listing in the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
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
- DHB clinical staff in a range of different clinical settings including but not limited to:
- Patient Monitoring
- Wards and Outpatient clinics
- Perioperative staff
- Clinical engineers and maintenance services
- DHB procurement and supply chain
- Suppliers and wholesalers
About the medical devices
Critical care is the provision of specialised, continuous, multidisciplinary care for patients in a life-threatening, but treatable, condition. The critical care devices can loosely be grouped into three categories:
- Anaesthetic and invasive ventilation devices
- Neonatal care devices
- Critical care patient monitoring
Medical imaging is the technique and process of imaging the interior of a body for clinical analysis and medical intervention, as well as visual representation of the function of some organs or tissues.
Why we’re proposing this
Pharmac has previously released the following Requests for Proposals (RFPs):
- supply of anaesthetic machines, invasive ventilation devices and critical care patient monitoring devices
- supply of medical imaging equipment, associated consumables, accessories, software and services and maintenance(external link)
The RFPs were for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
Pharmac has been working with suppliers who responded to the RFPs to seek provisional agreements. This proposal is the latest to arise from these processes and we expect to consult on further provisional agreements with suppliers in these categories throughout 2022.
Details about our proposal
Pharmac has entered into a provisional agreement with Device Technologies for the supply of critical care and medical imaging medical devices.
The proposal would result in Pharmaceutical Schedule listings for:
Number of devices
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: firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm 28 March 2022.
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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