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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JMG924

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Tuesday November 9, 2021

McKesson Specialty Care Distribution,Chicago, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $1,680,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 11/9/2021 through 9/30/2023
  • Renewals: None



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

First published Tuesday, November 9, 2021
The University awarded a contract for CAR-T therapy.
Abecma (CAR-T therapy) - Abecma is CAR-T therapy for multiple myeloma. It is the only CAR-T therapy commercially available to treat this condition.
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)) UI Health currently has several patients who are candidates for Abecma. If this therapy is not made available, these patients will need to seek care at a different institution in order to receive this product.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, 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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