Proposal to list a range of orthopaedic implants and associated products supplied by REM SYSTEMS Limited
PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of orthopaedic implants and associated products supplied by REM SYSTEMS Limited (“REM”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 September 2017.
In summary, this proposal, subject to consultation and approval, would result in:
- Schedule listings for around 3,180 orthopaedic implants and associated products, which are already supplied to DHB Hospitals, being supplied by REM under the terms and conditions of their current agreement.
- The products being available for DHBs to purchase at the PHARMAC negotiated prices from 1 September 2017.
- DHBs continuing to be able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of orthopaedic implants and associated products, as the agreement would not be a sole supply agreement.
- REM continuing to provide educational services that would be tailored to suit the needs of individual DHB Hospitals in formats and times as required by DHB Hospitals.
- A total national DHB saving of approximately $11,000 per annum, based on current spend
PHARMAC welcomes feedback on this proposal. To provide feedback, please submit it in writing by 4pm Friday 21 July 2017 to:
Senior Devices Category Manager
Fax: 04 460 4995
PO Box 10 254
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.
Feedback we receive is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and we will consider any request to have information withheld in accordance with our obligations under the OIA. Anyone providing feedback, whether on their own account or on behalf of an organisation, and whether in a personal or professional capacity, should be aware that the content of their feedback and their identity may need to be disclosed in response to an OIA request.
We are not able to treat any part of your feedback as confidential unless you specifically request that we do, and then only to the extent permissible under the OIA and other relevant laws and requirements. If you would like us to withhold any commercially sensitive, confidential proprietary, or personal information included in your submission, please clearly state this in your submission and identify the relevant sections of your submission that you would like it withheld. PHARMAC will give due consideration to any such request.
Details of the proposal
PHARMAC entered into an agreement with REM for the supply of sterilisation packaging products and associated consumables to DHBs dated 11 May 2016. This agreement has been provisionally amended, subject to consultation and approval, to include a range of orthopaedic implants and associated products.
The range and brands of orthopaedic implants and associated products offered in the agreement are in the following sub-categories:
- Associated products
- Bone cement and bone replacement products
The brands, and manufacturers of those brands, proposed for listing by REM as the New Zealand distributor are set out in the table below:
611 ankle fusion nail
Aequalis – all ranges
Maxlock - all ranges
Maxtorque – all ranges
NCS compression screw
Snap off screw
Stabilis – all ranges
Charlotte plating system
Claw plating system
Radial head plate
ConMed Saw Blade
The exact product list, pricing and specific arrangements in the proposed amendment have not been included in this consultation for brevity. A full detailed list of products is available on request.
If the amendment is approved by PHARMAC’s Board or its delegate, REM’s range of orthopaedic implants and associated products would be listed in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule, under their national agreement with PHARMAC, from 1 September 2017.
DHBs would be able to continue to choose which orthopaedic products they purchase.
In April 2016 an orthopaedic implants and associated products request for proposal (“RFP”) was released requesting proposals for non-exclusive national agreements for medical devices, to PHARMAC for a listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule and REM responded to this request.
PHARMAC has been working with a number of suppliers in order to reach an agreement with them and will be continuing to do so with others until the RFP process is concluded. The proposed agreement with REM is the sixth provisional agreement for the supply of orthopaedic implants and associated products that PHARMAC has consulted on, with further expected over the next few months.