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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Emergency Award #JCM343
Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase
Final Amount
Published Tuesday October 28, 2014
Vendor: McKesson Specialty Division
Final Amount: $941,404.12
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Gary Reis.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Awarded Tuesday July 8, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: McKesson Specialty Division, San Francisco, CA
Amount: An estimated $900,000
An estimated start date of 7/7/2014 through 8/30/2014
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Specialty pharmaceuticals from McKesson.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which immediate action was needed to prevent any disruption in University services.
Three Ambulatory Care pharmacies, MacNeal Cancer Center; the Oncology Pharmacy and the Eye & Ear Infirmary utilize the McKesson Specialty pharmaceuticals for patient prescriptions.

The emergency purchase request is for the period until sole source reference # 384JCM is reviewed, approved and awarded.

The specialty pharmaceuticals are differentiated from standard pharmaceuticals in three ways:

a)Drug cost:
Specialty pharmaceuticals tend to be very expensive. They can range in price from $ 1,000 to $ 50,000 per dose. One in particular is upwards of $50,000.
b)Limited Allocation :
Specialty pharmaceutical distribution may be limited and controlled distribution due to short supply, limited productions and/or the need to manage inventory (e.g. special shortage and handling of product, too costly to have wide distribution channels-can’t afford to stock in various warehouses).
c)FDA regulation protocols:
Protocols for use of certain specialty pharmaceuticals, due to their severe tetragenic effects, are regulated by the FDA. This includes special training of PharmD’s dispensing the drug and certification before a university Pharmacy is permitted to purchase.

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 - Gary Reis

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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