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Federal Government Still Striving to Establish Single Drug Procurement System
[Technical Report, Congressional Report]
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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For nearly two decades the Federal Government has tried to establish a single system for procuring and supplying drugs and medical devices to eliminate unnecessary duplication and reduce costs. Only recently have the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, DOD, and VA begun to make progress in establishing and implementing such a system. A Government-wide system is beginning to take shape. However, much remains to be accomplished. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act Amendments of 1979 established a uniform system for use by Government agencies in procuring goods and services, including drugs. GAO makes recommendations to help Federal agencies fully carry out this congressional direction and the executive branchs policy requiring the purchases of commercial off-the-shelf products when such products will adequately serve the Governments needs and the use of commercial distribution channels in supplying these products.
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