Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Cass Medical Limited and Electron Medical NZ Limited

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 Cass Medical Limited (“Cass Medical”) and Electron Medical NZ Limited (“Electron Medical”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 November 2022 in the following category:

Consultation closes at 4pm Wednesday 21 September 2022 and feedback can be emailed to

What would the effect be?

From 1 November 2022 medical devices supplied by Cass Medical and Electron Medical in the medical imaging, software and associated products category would be listed under proposed national agreements for all Te Whatu Ora Hospitals to purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by Pharmac’s board or delegate (“Agreements”).

The Agreements would not be for sole supply and Te Whatu Ora Hospitals can continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of medical imaging, software and associated products.

The Agreements would supersede any existing Te Whatu Ora agreements with Cass Medical or Electron Medical for the medical devices included in the Agreement. Any medical device listed in the Agreements and purchased by Te Whatu Ora would be in accordance with the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreements effective from the date of listing in the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Pricing for the medical devices in the Agreements, 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 staff in a range of different clinical settings including but not limited to:
    • Clinicians
    • Radiology
    • Nurses
    • Clinical engineers and maintenance services
    • Procurement and supply chain personnel
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

About the medical devices

Medical imaging

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

In November 2020 Pharmac, in conjunction with New Zealand Health Partnerships, released the following Request for Proposal (RFP):

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

Pharmac has been working with suppliers who responded to the RFP to seek provisional agreements. This proposal consists of the latest agreements 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

The proposal would result in listing 686 medical devices in medical imaging, software and associated products category in the Pharmaceutical Schedule as follows:



Line items

Cass Medical



Electron Medical



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

To provide feedback

Send us an email: by 4pm 21 September 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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