The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 1, 2009
Contracts in place for drugs, supplies to fight H1N1 virus
The Department of General Services has told state departments and agencies that its procurement managers now have contracts in place to obtain supplies that may be needed to help manage the recent outbreak of the swine flu virus.

Agencies can acquire items like N-95 respirators, antiviral drugs, blankets, cots, and disinfectants under several different state commodity contracts now in place.

The contracts aim
to help agencies prepare for or treat patients infected with H1N1, Gregory Doe, a DGS pharmaceutical program consultant., said in an email this week.

1.      Antiviral Drug Supply Contracts - Purchases through these contracts are restricted to pandemic influenza bulk pharmaceuticals and are to be dispensed should a Pandemic Alert Period or Pandemic Period be declared by federal or State pandemic influenza-specific public health emergency declarations.

·  Tamiflu® - State Contract No. 1-08-65-60

·  Relenza® - State Contract  No. 1-08-65-61

       The Bulk Pharmaceutical Distribution Agreement is with AmerisourceBergen Drug Company - Agreement No. 1S-05-65-50.

2.    Medical Supplies, Services and Equipment The state's agreement is with McKesson Medical Surgical - Agreement No. 1-08-65-65-01.

3.    Gloves, N95 respirators and disinfectant products - Agreement No. 1S-06-84-01 (Empire Safety & Supply has stock in Roseville.)

4.   Janitorial supply/disinfection products - Agreement No. 1S-06-79-55

To read copies of DGS e-mails on swine flu contracts, click here and click here.

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