Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Abbott Medical

Hospital devices Consultation Closed

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 Abbott Medical New Zealand Limited (“Abbott”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 June 2022 in the cardiology equipment and accessories category, specifically:

  • ICDs, pacemakers and associated products
  • cardiac heart valves and accessories
  • electrophysiology equipment and consumables, and

Consultation closes at 4pm Friday 29 April 2022 and feedback can be emailed to alyssa.currie@pharmac.govt.nz.

What would the effect be?

From 1 June 2022 medical devices in the above three cardiology categories supplied by Abbott would be listed under a proposed national agreement for all DHB hospitals to purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by Pharmac’s board or delegate (“Agreement”).

The Agreement would not be for sole supply and DHBs can continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of cardiac heart valves and accessories, electrophysiology equipment and consumables, and ICDs, pacemakers and associated products.

The Agreement would supersede any existing DHB agreements with Abbott 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.

As part of the Agreement Abbott would provide appropriate educational 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

  • DHB clinical staff in a range of different clinical settings including but not limited to:
    • Cardiac service managers
    • Cardiac surgeons
    • Cardiologists
    • Cardiology unit staff
    • Procurement and supply chain personnel
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

About the medical devices

Cardiac heart valves and accessories

Cardiac heart valves are used for treating patients with heart valve disease through surgically replacing the diseased valve. 

Electrophysiology equipment and consumables

Electrophysiology equipment and consumables are used to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heartbeat conditions. Medical devices used in electrophysiology suites range from software mapping and ablation tools through to catheters and electrodes.

ICDs, pacemakers and associated products

ICDs, pacemakers and associated products are used for the treatment of irregular cardiac electrical activity. ICD and pacemakers are implanted into a patient’s chest to either ensure continuous regular cardiac activity or to intervene with stimulation where no natural cardiac activation is occurring.

Why we’re proposing this

In September 2020, Pharmac issued a Registration of Interest (“ROI”) for ranges of medical devices, including electrophysiology equipment and consumables, considered for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

In February 2021, Pharmac issued a ROI for cardiac heart valves and accessories to be considered for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

In March 2021, Pharmac issued a ROI for ICDs, pacemakers and associated products to be considered for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule(external link).

These ROIs were undertaken to transfer the responsibility for management of products in these categories from New Zealand Health Partnerships to Pharmac. All ROIs were for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Details about our proposal

The proposal would result in listing 358 medical devices in the Pharmaceutical Schedule as follows:

Category

Brands

Line items

Cardiac heart valves and accessories

Abbott

63

Electrophysiology equipment and consumables

Advisor, Agilis, Ampere, BRK, Cool Point, EnSite, Fast-Cath, Flexability, Hl-7, ICE, Inquiry, Livewire, Safire, Supreme, Swartz, TactiCath, TactiSys, Therapy, WorkMate Claris

180

ICDs, pacemakers and associated products

Abbott, Allure, Assurity, Confirm, Durata, Ellipse, Endurity, Entrant, Fortify, Isoflex, Merlin, Optim, Optisure, Quadra, Quartet, Quickflex, Unify

115

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: alyssa.currie@pharmac.govt.nz by 4pm 29 April 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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