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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #522JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
This procurement has been cancelled
Published Friday November 20, 2015
Sole source is cancelled. A competitive solicitation is forthcoming.
The hearing has been modified
Published Wednesday September 30, 2015
A hearing was held 7-22-15. Taking into consideration all evidence provided before, during and after the hearing, the Chief Procurement Officer does not authorize the University to proceed with this sole source transaction. Instead he calls for the University to commence a competitive solicitation. Details of this decision can be found in the PDFs below 522JCM HO Recommendation and 522JCM CPO Determination.
First published Thursday, July 2, 2015
The University intends to award a contract for McKesson pharmaceutical products for UI Health to McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, CA, for an estimated $120,000,000.
An economically feasible sole source request to continue with purchases of pharmaceutical products for the University's Ambulatory Care Pharmacies and Clinics.

This request was necessitated by a significant, unpredictable patient volume and recently approved, high cost medications. The amount of purchases have exceeded the estimated procurement authority set forth by the previous justification (SSJ 284JCM). The benefit derived from a revised procurement authority would be the ability to purchase medications required to provide appropriate care to University of Illinois patients and signifcantly increase revenue.

Due to the established infrastructure between McKesson and the department of Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (e.g. existing credit history, and the ordering system which integrates with the inventory management system) this remains an economically feasible request. Other reasons to be considered from an economical impact is the benefits from the extended relationship service components as well as the efficiency and effective drug dispensing and inventory management processes McKesson's software currently in place allows pharmacies to set automated re-orders based on par levels and to upload orders into the dispensing system which maintains a perpetual inventory. The pharmacy staff is trained on the McKesson systems. Should implementation and re-training of a different wholesaler system be required, then the department would incur an economic hardship and the timely provision of medications would be affected which could result in delays in patient care. I n addition, the existing accounts and credit history established by McKesson streamline the pharmaceutical orders and compliment the virtual inventory basis.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Pharmacies have existing accounts and drug purchases significantly interface with various McKesson systems for inventory ordering/managing/dispensing split billing and distribution software systems.

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.

July 22, 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 teleconference. Email or call the Hearing Contact for details.

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:
July 17, 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
  • 522JCMPart1.pdf (397 KB)
Public Hearing Documents
  • 522JCMCPODetermination.pdf (160 KB)
  • 522JCMHORecommendation.pdf (395 KB)
  • 522JCMPart2.pdf (67 KB)