Lawmakers Train Fire On VA's Drug Acquisition Practices

Law360, New York (June 6, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs continues to break acquisition rules in pharmaceutical buys despite efforts to combat the previously common practice of going outside contracts to purchase drugs directly from their largest supplier, lawmakers said at a Wednesday hearing.

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing followed a February hearing that examined VA's history of using a so-called open-market provision in its prime pharmaceutical vendor contract to buy additional drugs directly from PPV contractor McKesson Corp. VA admitted that the practice did not comply with...
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