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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JMG770

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Friday September 20, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: Cardinal Health Specialty Pharmaceutical Services, Columbia, MD
Amount: An estimated $10,000,000
An estimated start date of 10/1/2019 through 6/30/2024
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, September 20, 2019
The University awarded a contract for specialty pharmaceutical products.
Cardinal Health Specialty Pharmaceutical Services provides specialty pharmaceutical products to hospitals. One of these products is Yescarta, which is the mainstay of CAR T-therapy which is used in patients who have failed previous cancer treatment. It is considered a last line option. The oncology physicians want to make Yescarta available for use to patients at UI Health.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) Cardinal Health Specialty Pharmaceutical Services is the specialty pharmaceutical vendor that is able to distribute Yescarta to hospitals wanting to provide this therapy to its patient population. In other words, Kite Pharma (pharmaceutical company that supplies Yescarta) has put in place a limited distribution system.

For additional information, contact:
Jeffrey Walsh
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 355-3568
FAX: (312) 996-3135

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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