MIL-OSI New Zealand: Proposal to list surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products

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Source: Pharmac

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 April 2019 through provisional amendments to the Agreements with Conva Tec (New Zealand) Limited (“Conva Tec”), Defries Industries NZ Limited (“Defries”) and Laerdal (New Zealand) Limited (“Laerdal”).

Consultation closes at 4pm on Monday 25 February 2019 and feedback can be emailed to

What would the effect be?

For DHBs

From 1 April 2019, Conva Tec, Defries and Laerdal’s range of surgical suction and drainage products would fall under national agreements (“Agreements”) that all DHBs may purchase under. The Agreements provide national consistency for these devices as the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreements apply to all DHB purchases from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

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

These Agreements would supersede any existing DHB contracts with these suppliers for the devices listed in the Schedule 1.  Any device listed in a PHARMAC Agreement and purchased by a DHB would be at the price, and with terms and conditions stated in the Agreement, effective from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

PHARMAC estimates that the combined Conva Tec, Defries and Laerdal Agreements could offer DHBs some savings based on current usage. The Agreements include products that are new to DHB Hospitals and would provide a greater range for clinicians to choose from.

Who we think will be interested

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

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.

Details about our proposal

PHARMAC has entered into provisional Agreements with Conva Tec, Defries and Laerdal for the supply of a range of surgical suction, chest and wound drainage products. The exact product ranges and pricing in these proposals have not been included in this consultation for brevity but includes surgical and chest drains, surgical suction and irrigation systems, and associated accessories. We are making the full list available to Procurement Departments at DHBs.

To provide feedback

Send us an email: by 4pm, Moncay 25 February 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.

Last updated: 4 February 2019

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