Proposal to list continence products supplied by Smith & Nephew Limited

Hospital devices Consultation Closed

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of continence products in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

What we’re proposing

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of continence products in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 July 2019, through a listing agreement with Smith & Nephew Limited (“Smith & Nephew”).

Consultation closes at 4pm on Friday, 31 May 2019 and feedback can be emailed to

What would the effect be?

From 1 July 2019, Smith & Nephew’s range of continence products would be listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule under a national agreement for all DHBs to purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by PHARMAC’s Board or delegate (“Agreement”).

The Agreement would not be for sole supply, with DHBs continuing to be able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of continence products.

The Agreement would supersede any existing DHB contracts with Smith & Nephew for the continence products included in the Agreement.  Any continence products listed in the Agreement and purchased by the DHB, would be at the price, and the terms and conditions stated in the Agreement, effective from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

As part of the Agreement, Smith & Nephew would provide training and education that would be tailored to the needs of the individual DHBs.

Who we think will be interested

  • Suppliers and Wholesalers
  • DHB Staff
    • clinical staff in a range of inpatient, outpatient and community settings where continence and urology products are used
    • procurement and supply chain personnel

About continence products

Continence products are used in hospital and community settings, from short to long-term use.  Continence products include a range of devices to help manage bowel and bladder control problems, including pads, collection systems and skin protection products, as well as nappies for infants for use while they are in hospital.

Why we’re proposing this

In May 2018 PHARMAC issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the supply of urology, ostomy and continence products.

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

PHARMAC is working with a range of suppliers to seek provisional agreements and this proposal is the latest to arise from that process.  We expect to consult on further proposed agreements in the urology, ostomy and continence categories over the coming months.

Details about our proposal

PHARMAC has entered into a provisional Agreement with Smith & Nephew for a range of continence products.  Pricing has been made available to appropriate DHB personnel.

This proposal would result in listing four Secura brand continence products on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: by 4pm on Friday, 31 May 2019.

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.