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Pharmaceutical Prices

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The Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Service awards multi-year, multiple award federal contracts that are available for use by any eligible Federal Government agency.  It satisfies all Federal contract laws and regulations.  Pricing is negotiated based on how vendors do business with their commercial customers.  The FSS program may also provide additional opportunities for savings with negotiated quantity and tier discounts, along with contract-specific voluntary temporary price reductions.

VA National Contracts are mainly requirement-type contracts that offer additional pricing concessions in return for commitment to potential vendors.  The VA National Contract program results in pricing lower than FSS and is used for VA’s standardization efforts.  The VA National Contracts program is a separate contract vehicle from the FSS contract program.

The Pharmaceutical pricing data (as of 06/15/2024) for all VA National Acquisition Center (NAC) programs, including FSS and National Contracts, is updated on or around the 2nd and 16th of each month. Possible errors have been identified in the 01/01/2019 thru 03/01/2019 files. Corrected files may be viewed in the OALC FOIA library.

Note:  This information was previously available for download via the VA Pharmaceutical Benefits Management (PBM) website.  The format for this information as presented currently differs from the format that was previously used by PBM.  The table below goes over these differences in detail.

New Field Title
(NAC Field Titles)
Old Field Title
(PBM Field Titles)
ContractNumber CNT_NO, NC_CNT, BPA_CNT
ContractStartDate (new field previously not provided)
ContractStartDate (new field previously not provided)
ContractStopDate FSS_END
NDCWithDashes NDC
SubItemIdentifier N
PackageDescription PKG
Covered I
PrimeVendor PV
Price FSS_PRICE, BIG4_PRICE, NC_PRICE (note:  BPA and VA restricted prices will no longer be provided)
PriceStartDate (new field previously not provided)
PriceStopDate (new field previously not provided)
PriceType used to indicate if the price is FSS, BIG4 or NC

In addition to these changes, the new layout has one price per row, whereas the old layout may have had multiple prices per row.  Also, BPA and VA restricted prices are not provided in this file (as was the case with the PBM file).


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