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Drug war: Groups fight over state pharmaceutical contract

Nearly three years after lawmakers demanded a state pharmaceutical purchasing contract be competitively bid, the contract is yet to be officially awarded while two groups fight over the contract in court.

The Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy, a group-purchasing organization for government entities providing health care and the current vendor, and Cooperative Services of Florida, a healthcare supply cooperative mainly made up of southwest Florida healthcare facilities, each claim they should be Florida’s preferred drug vendor. They await an order from an administrative law judge after a bid protest that has dragged on for nearly a year.

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