Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Baxter Healthcare Ltd

What we’re proposing

Pharmac is seeking feedback on a proposal to list adhesive, sealant, and haemostat medical devices in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 September 2024 supplied by Baxter Healthcare Limited (“Baxter”).

Consultation closes at 4pm, Tuesday 9 July 2024 and feedback can be emailed to

What would the effect be?

From 1 September 2024, medical devices supplied by Baxter in the adhesives, sealants, and haemostats category would be listed under a proposed national agreement for all Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora (“Health NZ”) hospitals to purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by Pharmac’s Board or delegate (“Agreement”).

The Agreement would not be for sole supply and Health NZ hospitals could continue to continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of adhesives, sealants, and haemostats.

The Agreement would supersede any existing Health NZ contracts with Baxter for the products included in the Agreement. Any medical devices listed in the Agreement and purchased by Health NZ hospitals would be in accordance with the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreement effective from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Who we think will be interested

  • Health NZ staff in a range of different clinical settings including but not limited to:
    • Emergency service personnel
    • General ward clinicians and nurses
    • Operating theatre nurses
    • Surgeons
  • Procurement and supply chain personnel
  • Suppliers and Wholesalers

About these medical devices

Adhesives, sealants, and haemostats are medical devices used in surgical and non-surgical procedures to achieve haemostasis, tissue sealing, fixation and/or wound closure. The products vary, relating to their purpose, function, composition, application and clinical indication. There are adhesive, sealant, and haemostat products used in general surgical applications, as well as products designed and used for specific clinical indications/specialty areas.

Why we’re proposing this

In February 2023 Pharmac issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the supply of adhesive, sealant, and haemostat medical devices.

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, and were successful in being progressed to contract negotiation, to seek provisional agreements. This proposal is the latest to arise from this process and we expect to consult on further provisional agreements in this category throughout 2024.

Details about our proposal

Pharmac has entered into a provisional agreement with Baxter for the supply of adhesive, sealant, and haemostat medical devices. The proposal would result in listing 60 items from the following brands:

  • Adept
  • Artiss
  • Celstat
  • Coseal
  • Duplocath
  • Duplospmis
  • Duplospray
  • Duplotip
  • Easyspray
  • Floseal
  • Hemopatch
  • Ostene
  • Perclot
  • Seprafilm
  • Tisseel
  • Vac-Q-Tech.

Further information, including pricing and contractual details, has been provided to Health NZ procurement personnel. Clinicians interested in further detail on what this change means for their Health NZ hospital should engage with their procurement teams.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: by 4pm, Tuesday 9 July 2024.

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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