December 2018 tender notification

Tender Closed

PHARMAC has resolved to award tenders for Sole Subsidised Supply Status and Hospital Supply Status for some products included in the 2017/18 Invitation to Tender, dated 2 November 2017.

Some of the pharmaceuticals that will be delisted when the period of Sole Subsidised Supply/Hospital Supply Status commences may be subject to existing listing contracts with PHARMAC. Suppliers of pharmaceuticals that are subject to such contracts should continue to supply their pharmaceuticals under those contracts. PHARMAC will continue to subsidise those pharmaceuticals accordingly until such time as those pharmaceuticals are delisted.

Notification of Product Changes (NOPC) forms, Containered Trade Product Pack (CTPP) codes and Pharmacodes

Please note that for any changes (price change, pack size change, new listing etc) to be effective in the Pharmaceutical Schedule (including Section H), suppliers are required to notify any changes to PHARMAC and the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand by 4pm on the 12th of the month prior to the date of subsidy change. More information and NOPC forms can be found on our website.

Suppliers are required to ensure that a Pharmacode has been obtained from the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand(external link) and that a CTPP code has been obtained from the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines(external link). Pharmacodes and CTPP codes must be provided to PHARMAC by the 5th of the month prior to the date of listing, or 10 business days following the market notification date (whichever is earliest). PHARMAC cannot list a product (and pharmacies cannot claim) without the correct Pharmacode.

2017/18 Tender – Sole Subsidised Supply Status or Hospital Supply Status applies until 30 June 2021

Community pharmaceutical tenders – Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule

1. Tenders awarded to currently listed pharmaceuticals where no other brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name Presentation;
Pack size and type
Current
pack price
New
pack price
Sole supply brand
(Supplier)
Date of subsidy change Sole Subsidised Supply date
Nitrofurantoin Tab 50 mg,
100 tab bottle
$22.20 $22.20 Nifuran
(W M Bamford)
1 February 2019 1 May 2019
Nitrofurantoin Tab 100 mg,
100 tab bottle
$37.50 $37.50 Nifuran
(W M Bamford)
1 February 2019 1 May 2019

Hospital pharmaceutical tenders – Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule

2. Tenders awarded to currently listed pharmaceuticals where no other brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name Presentation;
Pack size and type
Current
pack price
New
pack price
Hospital supply brand
(Supplier)
DV
Limit
Listing date Hospital Supply Status date
Epirubicin hydrochloride1 Inj 2 mg per ml, 100 ml vial;
1 inj pack
$65.00 $85.00 Epirubicin Ebewe
(Novartis)
1% 1 February 2019 1 April 2019

1 The price and subsidy of epirubicin hydrochloride inj 1 mg for ECP (Baxter) in Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule will also be amended from $0.36 per 1 mg to $0.37 per mg from 1 April 2019.

3. Tenders awarded to pharmaceuticals where no brand is listed.

The decisions were as follows:

Chemical name Presentation;
Pack size and type
New
pack price
Hospital supply brand
(Supplier)
DV
Limit
Listing date Hospital Supply Status date
Nitrofurantoin Tab 50 mg,
100 tab bottle
$22.20 Nifuran
(W M Bamford)
1% 1 February 2019 1 April 2019
Nitrofurantoin Tab 100 mg,
100 tab bottle
$37.50 Nifuran
(W M Bamford)
1% 1 February 2019 1 April 2019

Tender declines - Products where no tender is to be awarded for Sole Subsidised Supply Status or Hospital Supply Status

PHARMAC has resolved not to award tenders for Sole Subsidised Supply Status or Hospital Supply Status for the following products listed in:

  • the 2017/18 Invitation to Tender, dated 2 November 2017.

2017/18 Invitation to Tender

Chemical name Line item
Chloramphenicol Inj 1 g
Efavirenz Tab 50 mg
Efavirenz Tab 200 mg
Efavirenz Tab 600 mg

For products included in the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 Invitation to Tender where no announcement has yet been made, either a decision is still pending or is provisional, subject to the product gaining market approval and being available to supply, and subject to PHARMAC Board (or its delegate) approval. We will keep you informed of any updates regarding such tender products as decisions are made.

If you have any queries regarding this notification, please contact PHARMAC on 0800 66 00 50.