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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #438JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday January 20, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Genzyme (a Sanofi company), Cambridge, MA
Amount: An estimated $200,000
An estimated start date of 11/10/2014 through 11/9/2015, 12 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Wednesday October 29, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Genzyme's Synvisc® and Synvisc -One® to Genzyme (a Sanofi company), Cambridge, MA, for an estimated $200,000.
Purchase of the FDA-approved Synvisc® and Synvisc-One® (Hylan G-F 20 = 0.8% hyaluronate dervivative). Hyaluronan injections are indicated for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics (e.g., actaminophen..

Although there are several HA products, Synvisc and Synvisc-One are the most widely prescribed and covered agent in this class of drug. These product are directly available via Genzyme -a Sanofi Company. There is opportunity to acquire these items via specialty pharmacies or McKesson Wholesaler, however the price is not as competitive as purchasing direct (i.e. higher cost).
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Sole distributor for FDA-approved Synvisc and Synvisc-One.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

October 29, 2014
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
October 24, 2014
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 438JCMPart1.pdf (361 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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