House To Subpoena VA Docs Over Off-Contract Drug Buys

Law360, New York (February 1, 2012, 6:06 PM EST) -- The House Committee on Veterans Affairs closed out a Wednesday hearing on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' pharmaceutical purchases by voting to subpoena records related to the agency's history of going outside its contracts to purchase $1.2 billion in drugs since 2004.

During the hearing, Veterans Affairs officials admitted that the so-called open-market pharmaceutical purchases under its Prime Pharmaceutical Vendor contract did not comply with federal regulations, but told lawmakers that the problem had been corrected. 

That was not enough to satisfy the committee members,...
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