Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Cardinal Health Australia 503 Pty Ltd

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 Cardinal Health Australia 503 Pty Ltd (“Cardinal Health”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 September 2022 in the cardiology equipment and accessories category, specifically:

  • electrocardiogram equipment and accessories

Consultation closes at 4pm Thursday 4 August 2022 and feedback can be emailed to

What would the effect be?

From 1 September 2022, electrocardiogram equipment and accessories supplied by Cardinal Health would be listed under a proposed national agreement (“Agreement”) that all Te Whatu Ora Hospitals may purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by Pharmac’s Board or delegate.

The Agreement would not be for sole supply and Te Whatu Ora Hospitals can continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of electrocardiogram equipment and accessories.

The Agreement would supersede any existing Te Whatu Ora Hospitals agreements with Cardinal Health for the medical devices included in the Agreement. Any medical device listed in the Agreement and purchased by a Te Whatu Ora Hospital 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 equipment and accessories 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

  • Te Whatu Ora Hospital staff including but not limited to:
    • Clinical Engineers and Maintenance Services
    • Clinical Product Evaluators
    • Cardiologists
    • Clinicians
    • Cardiac Physiologists and Perfusionists
    • Maternity Care Specialists
    • Procurement Officers and Supply Chain Personnel
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

About the medical devices

Electrocardiogram equipment and accessories

The electrocardiogram equipment and accessories category includes medical devices used to collect, measure and interpret the electrical activity of the heart. This includes electrocardiogram monitors, holter monitors and associated accessories (such as gels, electrodes and leads).

Why we’re proposing this

In 2021 Pharmac issued a registration of interest (“ROI”) for the supply of electrocardiogram  equipment and accessories.

The ROI invited registrations of interest for the supply of medical devices where New Zealand Health Partnerships ("NZHP") has previously released RFP processes from suppliers for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

The ROI was for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Pharmac has been working with suppliers who responded to the ROI to seek provisional agreements. This proposal is the first to arise from this process and we expect to consult on further provisional agreements with suppliers in this category throughout 2022.

Details about our proposal

Pharmac has entered into a provisional agreement with Cardinal Health for the supply of electrocardiogram equipment and accessories. The proposal would result in Pharmaceutical Schedule listings for:



Number of Devices

Electrocardiogram equipment and accessories

Medi-Trace Cadence


Further information, including pricing and contractual details, has been provided to Te Whatu Ora Hospital’s procurement personnel. Clinicians interested in further detail on what this change means for their hospital should engage with their procurement teams.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: by 4pm 4 August 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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