Supply of various vaccines
PHARMAC invites proposals for the supply of various vaccines in New Zealand.
Answers to questions will be provided through the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS). PHARMAC will also post any addenda through GETS. We encourage interested suppliers to register with GETS and subscribe to this RFP to be kept up to date.
This request for proposals (RFP) letter incorporates the following schedules:
- Schedule 1 specifies the vaccines for which PHARMAC is requesting proposals and sets out the background to the RFP and the types of proposals sought;
- Schedule 2 describes the process that PHARMAC expects to follow in relation to the RFP;
- Schedule 3 sets out information about the estimated size of the current funded market for the various vaccines;
- Schedule 4 [DOC, 264 KB] contains the RFP form in which you are to provide details of your proposal; and
- Schedule 4b [XLSX, 34 KB] (Excel spreadsheet);
- Schedule 5 [DOCX, 240 KB], linked but also available via GETS sets out PHARMAC’s proposed terms and conditions for supply of vaccines that will apply if your proposal is awarded.
If you wish to submit a proposal, you must submit it to PHARMAC via the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) no later than 4.00 p.m. (New Zealand time) on Thursday 24 March 2016.
If you have any questions about this RFP you should submit them via GETS or alternatively by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that any additional information that PHARMAC gives to you as a result of your enquiry will also be given by PHARMAC to other potential suppliers, if PHARMAC determines that such information is material.
PHARMAC is interested in considering any proposal from suppliers of various vaccines as listed in Tables 1 and 2 below:
Table 1. Currently funded vaccines
|Vaccine description||Currently listed brand(s)|
|Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine||ADT Booster|
|Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine||BCG Vaccine|
|Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine||Boostrix|
|Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccine||Infanrix IPV|
|Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine||Infanrix-hexa|
|Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine||Act-HIB|
|Hepatitis A vaccine||Havrix & Havrix Junior|
|Hepatitis B recombinant vaccine||HBvaxPRO|
|Human papillomavirus vaccine||Gardasil|
|Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine||M-M-R II|
|Meningococcal (groups A, C, Y and W-135) congugate vaccine||Menactra|
|Meningococcal C congugated vaccine||Neisvac-C|
|Pneumococcal vaccine||Prevenar 13|
|Pneumococcal (PPV23) polysaccharide vaccine||Pneumovax 23|
|Rotavirus live reassortant oral vaccine||RotaTeq|
|Tuberculin PPD (Mantoux) test||TUBERSOL|
Table 2. Currently unfunded vaccines
|Adult zoster vaccine|
See the eligibility criteria below and possible amendments following this RFP.
Background to RFP
PHARMAC first issued a RFP for the supply of vaccines in June 2013, which resulted in agreements with five suppliers. Sole supply status for vaccines covered by those agreements expires on 30 June 2017.
PHARMAC is now seeking proposals for the supply of the vaccines as stated in Table 1 and 2 above, including proposals for sole supply during the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020.
In preparation for this RFP, PHARMAC requested that suppliers submit applications to PHARMAC for funding of any new or alternative brands of vaccines they may have available for supply from July 2017 and any proposed changes to the funding eligibility criteria for current listings and/or the Immunisation Schedule.
PHARMAC subsequently sought clinical advice from the Immunisation Subcommittee (Subcommittee) of PTAC on:
- the suitability of new vaccines recently registered by Medsafe or planned to be registered in time for 2017 supply;
- interchangeability of alternative brands; and
- possible funding eligibility criteria changes.
Below are some factors that you should consider in preparing a response to this RFP.
As part of this RFP process, we may consider amending the eligibility criteria for the vaccines described below:
Varicella vaccination is currently funded for high risk patients. PHARMAC is interested in proposals that would enable the funding of a universal childhood varicella single dose vaccination, possibly with catch-up programme.
Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)
HPV is currently funded for eligible females aged under 20 years and for specified high risk patients. The normal administration is for three doses to be administered over six months, to females aged 12.
PHARMAC is interested in proposals that would enable universal access as follows:
- Reducing the number of doses to two, for girls up to the age of 15.
- Note that the three dose vaccination would remain funded for females over the age of 15 up to 20 years as well as the high risk patients as per the current eligibility criteria.
- Widening access to males aged 11-13.
PHARMAC is interested in proposals that would enable funding of a single adult zoster vaccination for all patients at 65 years of age (‘universal vaccination)’, possibly with a catch-up programme for all adults who are over 65 years at the time the vaccine was listed.
Meningococcal C congugated vaccine
Meningococcal C congugated vaccination is currently funded for high risk patients. PHARMAC is interested in proposals that would enable the funding of a universal childhood meningococcal C vaccination, possibly with a catch-up programme.
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine
PHARMAC currently funds both:
- an adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine (ADT Booster); and
- a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (Boostrix).
Each vaccine is funded under different eligibility criteria. PHARMAC is interested in proposals that would enable the funding of a single vaccine to cover both sets of current eligibility criteria (i.e. the eligibility criteria would be merged).
PHARMAC will place purchase orders for vaccines with the supplier. Such purchase orders will be required to be delivered to a designated delivery point, currently PHARMAC’s storage and distribution service provider as follows:
PHARMAC c/o HealthCare Logistics
58 Richard Pearse Drive, Airport Oaks
Any resulting contract(s) from this RFP process would be evergreen and would include a maximum sole supply period of three years, from no earlier than 1 July 2017 to no later than 30 June 2020. During this period the eligibility criteria may change and any contract(s) resulting from this process would provide for this (see Schedule 5).
Types of proposals sought
Sole supply status would entail both sole subsidised supply in the Community via a listing in Section I of the Pharmaceutical Schedule (i.e. the National Immunisation Schedule) and hospital supply status in Part II of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
PHARMAC is willing to consider the following types of proposals for sole supply status, where the supplier is expected to meet the demand for all doses of that vaccine, from no earlier than 1 July 2017 to no later than 30 June 2020:
- Proposals for a single vaccine with sole supply status.
- Proposals that bundle multiple vaccines with sole supply status.
Suppliers may submit multiple proposals for a single vaccine or bundles of vaccines as described in a. and b. above.
Please note if you wish to submit a bundle proposal for vaccines, you must also submit at least one individual proposal for each of the vaccines included in the bundle.
- PHARMAC also seeks proposals for the supply of the vaccines stated below to be used in the event of a disease outbreak. Suppliers of such vaccines would be required to guarantee delivery within a short timeframe.
- Meningococcal A, C, Y and W135 or Meningococcal C conjugate vaccines
- Hepatitis A
- Proposals should outline the supplier’s or nominated distributor’s capabilities in meeting any delivery timeframes, requirements (e.g. cold chain distribution) and its ability to comply with any national or international standards or guidelines.
- Any contract(s) resulting from this RFP process, for any of the vaccines listed in Table 1 or 2, would include provisions allowing exclusivity to be suspended in the event of a pandemic and/or local outbreak (see Schedule 5). The proposed provisions reflect compliance with any Ministry of Health and WHO requirements with regard to pandemic supply situations.
Other types of proposals
Suppliers may also like to submit other types of proposals. Possibilities include:
- Proposals that include rebate arrangements, where the purchase price may be different from the net price offered to PHARMAC for the vaccine.
- Proposals that would enable PHARMAC to fund changes to eligibility criteria as outlined in Schedule 1 eligibility criteria.
- If you wish to submit a proposal for widened access, you must also submit a proposal for the current access criteria.
When submitting pricing please note the following:
- PHARMAC is seeking a purchase price from suppliers for each vaccine, this is the price that PHARMAC will be invoiced by a supplier, which is expected to be confidential between the supplier and PHARMAC.
- Any vaccine listed as a result of this RFP in Section I or Part II of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule