Decision to list medical devices supplied by Paragon Care Group New Zealand Limited

Hospital devices Decision

We are pleased to announce the approval of listing agreements for the supply of medical devices to Te Whatu Ora hospitals.

What we’re doing

We are pleased to announce the approval of a listing agreement with Paragon Care Group New Zealand Limited (“Paragon”) for the supply of medical devices to Te Whatu Ora hospitals in the following categories:

In summary this will result in:

  • Listing of medical devices in the above categories supplied by Paragon in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 December 2022 under a national agreement that all Te Whatu Ora hospitals may purchase under (“Agreement”); and
  • Te Whatu Ora hospitals being able to continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of electrophysiology equipment and consumables and medical imaging, software and associated products as the Agreement is not for sole supply.

Any changes to the original proposal?

This decision was subject to a consultation letter dated 29 September 2022.

There are no changes to the original proposal as a result of consultation.

Who we think will be most interested

  • Te Whatu Ora staff in a range of different clinical settings including but not limited to:
    • Cardiologists
    • Cardiac physiologists and perfusionists
    • Maternity care specialists
    • Radiology
    • Nurses
    • Clinical engineers and maintenance services
    • Procurement and supply chain personnel
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

Details about this decision

In June 2021, Pharmac issued a registration of interest for the supply of electrocardiogram equipment and accessories.

In November 2020, NZHP released an RFP for the supply of medical imaging equipment, associated consumables, accessories, software and services, and maintenance.(external link)

The tenders were for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Pharmac has been working with suppliers who responded to the procurement processes to seek provisional agreements. This proposal consists of the latest agreement to arise from these processes and we expect to consult on further provisional agreements with suppliers in these categories in the future.

Te Whatu Ora hospitals can continue to choose which electrocardiogram equipment and accessories and medical imaging, software and associated products they procure, including those from other suppliers. Te Whatu Ora hospitals that procure these medical devices from Paragon they do so under the terms and conditions, including pricing, in the agreement from 1 December 2022.

The list of products will be available on Pharmac’s website from 1 December 2022, in both PDF and Excel spreadsheet formats.

Our response to what you told us

We’re really grateful for the time people took to review the consultation on this proposal. No significant consultation feedback was raised between the consultation release date and 20 October 2022.

If you have any questions about this decision, you can email us at; or call our toll free number (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) on 0800 66 00 50.