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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #511JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday June 25, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Next Level Agency, Inc., Bristol, United Kingdom
Amount: An estimated $300,000
An estimated start date of 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2018, 36 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 Tuesday June 23, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, June 5, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Next Level Agency marketing for Pharmacy. to Next Level Agency, Inc., Bristol, United Kingdom, for an estimated $300,000.
Purchase from Next Level Agency specialized Marketing Services for UIC Seven Pharmacies and the College of Pharmacy administration. They have been Pharmacy marketing partner since 2009.

Next Level is familiar with the complexity of the department and the legal restrictions the Pharmacies have on who they may market our pharmacy services to. The legal restrictions for 403b Pharmacies inculde that the Pharmacies are a closed system pharmacy only serving patients who get their care at UI Health, students and employees. The closed system allows us to take advantage of purchasing contracts such as 340B pricing with deep discounts that we otherwise wouldn’t qualify for. In order to qualify for these purchasing contracts, we must agree to being a closed system and not serving outside patients.

This is an economically feasible request as the continuity of the marketing plan and the acquired knowledge by Next Level of the UIC Pharmacies unique marketing strategy makes continual services solely by Next Level the logical and economically feasible choice.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

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.

June 24, 2015
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 9-036
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:
June 19, 2015
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
  • 511JCMPart1.pdf (407 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 511JCMPart2.pdf (57 KB)