Pharmac Device Advice (Issue 51 - August 2022)

on 10 November

Jump to new agreements and consultations  |  August 2022  |  Issue 51
Connecting at Healthtech and beyond
It was great to catch up with suppliers and our colleagues in the sector at the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) Healthtech conference in June. This year’s focus was on how the changing health care landscape affects how businesses service the sector.

Lisa Williams, our Director of Operations, took the stage and presented on the continuation of our work in medical devices after the release of the Pharmac Review. She discussed how close collaboration with Te  Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority, and Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People will be critical to give effect to the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act and achieve our shared health equity goals, and how our organisational values are guiding our approach.

Lisa also announced that Pharmac is aiming for all procurement of publicly funded hospitals medical devices to come from the national devices list by 2025. To make this happen, we’ll be working closely with the new national agencies, as well as the medical devices industry, suppliers, health care professionals, and others in the health and disability sector, to get the best health outcomes for New Zealand from hospital medical devices.
Devices dashboard
How the national list is tracking as of August 2022
154,000 devices under contract covering
$500m annual hospital expenditure on devices
Devices in negotiation Future
Participating in the Health Sector Catalogue

The Health Sector Catalogue (HSC) will become the primary place to search for medical devices and related information. All suppliers will be expected to participate to ensure that information related to your medical device items are included. It's great to see so many suppliers already publishing to the HSC. We look forward to continuing this momentum and will be discussing our future expectations with suppliers shortly.
Your input on a definition of medical devices

As we get closer to completing a comprehensive list of the hospital medical devices that reflects what is currently in use, we’ll soon be seeking input from suppliers and stakeholders on a more detailed definition of medical devices. We’re currently working with MTANZ to get input from suppliers about what products should and shouldn’t be on the national list. We’ll have more to share about this soon.
Ongoing supply challenges for medical devices

We are working with suppliers, Te Whatu Ora, New Zealand Health Partnerships, hospitals, and the Ministry of Health, to minimise the impact of supply issues for hospitals and people in care. If you are experiencing any issues in the supply of Pharmac contracted medical devices, email our contract management team.
Subscribe to Future Procurement Opportunities

Pharmac issues potential Future Procurement Opportunities (FPOs) on the NZ Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) as an indication of what we're planning. Find Pharmac in the GETS advanced search under "Pharmaceutical Management Agency" and subscribe to the FPOs you're interested in.
Category Supplier Date
Consultations released since 15 June 2022
Medical and surgical instruments (including surgical implants), and power tools Medix 21 Limited Open until 30 August 2022
Rehabilitation equipment, patient positioning products and supports Accessable Open until 25 August 2022
Medical and surgical instruments, and power tools Mölnlycke Health Care Pty Ltd Open until 18 August 2022
Agreements notified since 15 June 2022
Electrocardiogram equipment and accessories Jackson Allison Medical & Surgical Limited 11 August 2022
Patient assessment, monitoring and treatment
Electrocardiogram equipment and accessories Cardinal Health Australia 503 Pty Ltd
Beds and mattresses Arjo New Zealand Limited 15 June 2022

We notify all new supplier agreements and list all new proposals on the Consultations and Decisions page on the Pharmac website. You can also keep track of what’s happening in each category on our hospital devices page.
We'd love to hear from you

We welcome any feedback on our work, our website, or this newsletter. You can email or contact the person identified in a specific consultation or notification.
Noho ora mai rā!

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