Proposal to list surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products supplied by Culpan Distributors Limited

Hospital devices

Consultation Closed

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products in the Pharmaceutical Schedule through a provisional Agreement with Culpan Distributors Limited.

What we’re proposing

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 July 2019 through a provisional Agreement with Culpan Distributors Limited (“Culpan”).

Consultation closes at 4pm on Friday 17 May 2019 and feedback can be emailed to sarah.penno@pharmac.govt.nz.

What would the effect be?

For DHBs

From 1 July 2019, Culpan’s range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products would fall under a national agreement (“Agreement”) that all DHBs may purchase under. The Agreement provides national consistency for these devices as the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreement and apply to all DHB purchases from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

The Agreement would not be for sole supply, with DHBs continuing to be able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products.

The Agreement would supersede any existing DHB contracts with this supplier for the devices listed in the Schedule. 

PHARMAC estimates that the Culpan Agreement could offer DHBs some savings based on current usage. The Agreement includes some products that are new to DHB Hospitals and would provide a greater range for clinicians to choose from.

Who we think will be interested

  • DHB Staff
    • Theatre staff
    • Surgeons - general and specialties
    • Surgical and general ward staff
    • procurement officers
  • Suppliers and Wholesalers

About surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products

Surgical interventions of any kind result in tissue damage and blood and other fluid loss. To manage this during the procedure itself, suction equipment is used to remove tissue particles and fluid to ensure the operating field is kept clean and clear.

Post-operatively fluid can accumulate within the wound causing tissue damage, infection, patient discomfort and delayed healing. To prevent this a drain can be inserted to allow fluid to be removed with minimal disruption of the wound site.

A drain is described as any material or equipment used to prevent the formation of a haematoma or to carry fluid or air from inside the body to the surface. Drains can be used with or without previous surgical intervention e.g. chest drains inserted at the bedside or placed in theatre during surgery. Drains can be classified as either open or closed systems.

Irrigation systems can be used to provide a steady flow of a solution across an open wound to provide wound hydration, to remove deep debris and to assist visualisation. It can be applied using a variety of techniques and devices.

Why we’re proposing this

In August 2018 PHARMAC issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products.

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

PHARMAC has been working with suppliers in order to seek provisional agreements and this is the latest proposal to arise 

from that process. We intend to consult on proposed agreements with other suppliers over the next few months.

Details about our proposal

PHARMAC has entered into a provisional Agreement with Getinge for the supply of a range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products. The product ranges in this proposal have been included in this consultation and includes chest drains and associated accessories. We are making the full list with pricing details available to Procurement Departments at DHBs.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: sarah.penno@pharmac.govt.nz by 4pm, Friday 17 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.