Proposal to list respiratory care products supplied by ICU Medical Aust Pty Limited
What we’re proposing
PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of respiratory equipment and consumables (“respiratory care products”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 September 2018, through a provisional agreement with ICU Medical Aust Pty Limited.
Consultation closes at 4pm on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 and feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What would the effect be?
From 1 September 2018 ICU Medical’s range of Respiratory Care Products would be listed under the proposed national agreement for all DHBs to purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by PHARMAC’s Board or delegate (“Agreement”).
This Agreement would not be for sole supply, with DHBs continuing to be able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of Respiratory Care Products.
This Agreement would supersede any existing DHB contracts with ICU Medical for the devices included in the Agreement. Any device listed in the Agreement and purchased by a DHB would be at the price, terms and conditions stated in the Agreement, effective from the date of listing in the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
PHARMAC estimates that the ICU Medical proposal would offer national savings to DHBs of $85,000, based on current usage.
As part of the Agreement ICU Medical would provide educational services that would be tailored to the individual needs of DHBs, in formats and at times as required by DHBs.
Pricing for the devices in the Agreement, subject to any prior termination of the Agreement, would not be increased without prior consultation and approval by PHARMAC.
Who we think will be interested
- Suppliers and Wholesalers
- DHB Staff
- Clinical Engineers
- Anaesthetists and Anaesthetic Technicians
- Clinical staff involved with airway management and emergency respiratory resuscitation
- Respiratory Clinicians
- Respiratory therapists
- Pulmonary function specialists
- Pulmonary rehabilitation specialists
- Clinical staff working in surgical and medical units, emergency departments, intensive and critical care units, and outpatient units
- District nurses
- Procurement Officers
About respiratory care products
Respiratory care is a health specialty involving the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system.
The Respiratory Care Category includes oxygen delivery consumables and accessories, aerosol delivery devices and associated consumables, non-powered humidifiers (passive and bubble) and associated tubing and consumables, laryngectomy and tracheostomy consumables, spirometers and respiratory muscle trainers and associated consumables, breathing filters, powered and non-powered respiratory suction devices and associated consumables, ventilator circuits and associated consumables and flow meters.
Why we’re proposing this
In 2017 PHARMAC issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Respiratory Care Products(external link). The RFP was for non-exclusive national agreements for listing in the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
PHARMAC has been working with suppliers who responded to the RFP to seek provisional agreements and this proposal is the third to arise from this process.
We expect to consult on further proposed agreements with suppliers of Respiratory Care Products over the next few months.
Details about our proposal
PHARMAC has entered into a provisional agreement with ICU Medical for a range of Respiratory Care Products.
Pricing has been made available to appropriate DHB personnel.
This proposal would result in Pharmaceutical Schedule listings for 12 Receptal brand products supplied by ICU Medical.
To provide feedback
Send us an email: email@example.com by Wednesday 1 August 2018.
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.