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Battle over drug contract rages 2 years after lawmakers demanded it rebid

A fight over the state term contract to provide pharmaceuticals to Florida agencies has been held up for two years by a squabble between two bidders. File photo.

Two companies are fighting to be the go-to vendor for state agencies to purchase pharmaceuticals two years after the Legislature mandated the contract be competitively bid.

Cooperative Services of Florida, a healthcare supply cooperative with members composed mostly of southwest Florida healthcare facilities, is challenging a decision by the Department of Management Services to award the contract to the Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy, a group purchasing organization for government entities providing health care, and the existing vendor.

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