36E79721Q0004 – Sources Sought – 6505–Prescription Vials and Bottles

Mar 19, 2021 | Sources Sought

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Sources Sought Notice- National Contracts Pharmaceutical Standardization Program
The purpose of this Sources Sought Notice is for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation. Offers are not being solicited at this time. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this request for information.
The Department of Veterans Affairs National Acquisition Center is working on a new national procurement for the vials, bottles and caps noted below. The VA facilities have a variety of dispensing machines that would require costly recalibration if we were to require one brand of vials and caps for all facilities. Due to costly recalibration of machines, facilities will not recalibrate their automated equipment. This national procurement is for VA and OGA facilities that utilize Script-Pro machines for Groups 1-4. Any facility currently using the calibrated ScriptPro machines for vials will be mandated for its continued use. Group 5-9 bottles are not used in ScriptPro machines. Each Group will be evaluated and may be awarded separately. This is a follow-on procurement as there is a national contract in place for both vials and bottles that will expire in August of 2021. I am in the beginning stages of market research and thus have a few questions.

GROUP 1 – VA only; VA Logo required
 
 
 
GROUP 2 – VA only; VA Logo required
 
 
 
GROUP 3 – IHS & BOP; NO VA Logo required
 
 
 
GROUP 4 – IHS & BOP; NO VA Logo required
 
 
 
GROUP 5-9 – VA, IHS, BOP; NO VA Logo; not used in automation machines
 
 
 
GROUP 1 (Requires VA Logo) Amber vial, plastic, round, minimum 4-1/8″ circumference, minimum 2″ high, for use with safety caps (press down and turn) and non-safety snap caps; one-piece closure, no fitment. Vials and caps must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements. Vial opening instructions must be legibly embossed or permanently marked in contrasting color on cap surface
 
 
 
 
 
QTY
Unit
8 Dram Vial
 
2,500
BT
Safety Cap
 
2,250
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
250
EA
 
 
 
 
12 Dram Vial
 
963,630
BT
Safety Cap
 
867,267
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
96,363
EA
 
 
 
 
16 Dram Vial
 
844,290
BT
Safety Cap
 
759,861
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
84,429
EA
 
 
 
 
20 Dram Vial
 
40,400
BT
Safety Cap
 
36,360
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
4,040
EA
 
 
 
 
30 Dram Vial
 
29,680
BT
Safety Cap
 
26,712
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
2,968
EA
 
 
 
 
40 Dram Vial
 
621,830
BT
Safety Cap
 
559,647
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
62,183
EA
 
 
 
 
60 Dram Vial
 
39,690
BT
Safety Cap
 
35,721
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
3,969
EA
 
 
 
 
GROUP 2 (Requires VA Logo) Amber vial, plastic, round, minimum 4-1/8″ circumference, minimum 2″ high with reversible screw cap. Vials and caps must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements. Vial opening instructions must be legibly embossed or permanently marked in contrasting color on cap surface
 
 
 
 
 
 
QTY
Unit
9 Dram Vial
 
85,975
BT
Safety Cap
 
35,721
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
3,969
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 
13 Dram Vial
 
2,756,325
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 
16 Dram Vial
 
2,248,290
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 
20 Dram Vial
 
3,553,200
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 
30 Dram Vial
 
357,700
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 
40 Dram Vial
 
2,014,430
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 
60 Dram Vial
 
203,560
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
85,975
EA
 
 
 
 

Group 3 and 4 Includes 2 types of vials for OGAs (IHS & BOP) – Does NOT require VA logo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Group 3 – Amber vial, plastic, round, minimum 4-1/8″ circumference, minimum 2″ high, for use with safety caps (press down and turn) and non-safety snap caps; one-piece closure, no fitment. Vials and caps must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements. Vial opening instructions must be legibly embossed or permanently marked in contrasting color on cap surface – NO VA Logo
 
 
 
 
 
 
QTY
Unit
8 Dram Vial
 
43,500
BT
Safety Cap
 
37,810
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
5,690
EA
 
 
 
 
12 Dram Vial
 
3,268,425
BT
Safety Cap
 
2,793,046
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
475,380
EA
 
 
 
 
16 Dram Vial
 
709,620
BT
Safety Cap
 
609,913
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
99,707
EA
 
 
 
 
20 Dram Vial
 
42,600
BT
Safety Cap
 
36,576
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
6,024
EA
 
 
 
 
30 Dram Vial
 
60,080
BT
Safety Cap
 
51,609
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
8,471
EA
 
 
 
 
40 Dram Vial
 
1,018,550
BT
Safety Cap
 
872,953
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
145,597
EA
 
 
 
 
60 Dram Vial
 
89,780
BT
Safety Cap
 
77,091
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
12,689
EA
 
 
 
 
GROUP 4 – Amber vial, plastic, round, minimum 4-1/8″ circumference, minimum 2″ high, for use with safety caps (squeeze and turn) and non-safety snap caps; two-piece closure, fitment inserted. Vials and caps must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements. Vial opening instructions must be legibly embossed or permanently marked in contrasting color on cap surface – No VA Logo
 
 
 
 
 
 
QTY
Unit
9 Dram Vial
 
687,925
BT
Safety Cap
 
58,416
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
9,510
EA
Reversible Cap
 
620,000
EA
 
 
 
 
13 Dram Vial
 
5,971,950
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
5,971,950
EA
 
 
 
 
16 Dram Vial
 
1,360,440
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
1,360,440
EA
 
 
 
 
20 Dram Vial
 
593,105
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
593,105
EA
 
 
 
 
30 Dram Vial
 
322,860
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
322,860
EA
 
 
 
 
40 Dram Vial
 
1,157,440
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
1,157,440
EA
 
 
 
 
60 Dram Vial
 
192,670
BT
Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Non-Safety Cap
 
0
EA
Reversible Cap
 
192,670
EA
 
 
 
 
Group 5 – 9 – Schedule of Supplies VA, IHS, BOP, Is NOT used in automation. There is no need to be compatibility with automated equipment
Group 5 - Jars, Ointment: Opaque, white, polypropylene (PP) plastic ointment jar, single walled, molded screw caps. Must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements.
 
 
QTY
Unit
1 ounce
 
427
BT & CAP
2 ounce
 
4,217
BT & CAP
4 ounce
 
3,972
BT & CAP
8 ounce
 
895
BT & CAP
16 ounce
 
1,780
BT & CAP
 
 
 
 
Group 6 – Bottles, Liquid: Amber, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin, single walled, child-resistant cap with embossed opening instructions. Bottle to contain graduated markings. Must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements.
 
 
QTY
Unit
2 ounce
 
161,120
BT & CAP
3 ounce
 
9,355
BT & CAP
4 ounce
 
135,730
BT & CAP
6 ounce
 
20,975
BT & CAP
8 ounce
 
96,870
BT & CAP
12 ounce
 
18,436
BT & CAP
16 ounce
 
59,752
BT & CAP
 
 
 
 
Group 7 – Bottles, Dropper: Amber glass bottle and pipette with rubber bulb cap. Must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements.
 
 
QTY
Unit
1 ounce
 
1,742
BT & CAP
 
 
 
 
Group 8 – Bottle, safety cap, wide mouth packer, screw neck, round, opaque white high-density polyethylene with child-resistant (palm and turn) type cap. Bottles and caps must meet USP light transmission and moisture tight container requirements
 
 
 
 
 
 
QTY
Unit
80 dram (300-325cc)
 
13,390
BT & CAP
105 dram (400-425cc)
 
17,684
BT & CAP
130 dram (500-525cc)
 
39,162
BT & CAP
 
 
 
 
Group 9 – Bottle, safety cap (controlled substance) round, translucent natural, soft plastic, high density polyethylene, 1-7/16″ diameter, 2-1/8″ high, screw neck, with child-resistant closure safety cap. Cap to provide a tamper evident seal when applied.
 
 
 
 
 
 
QTY
Unit
8 Dram 30cc
 
1,200
BT & CAP
 
 
 
 

COMPANY NAME: ______________

Award will be made in the aggregate by group for vials and bottles. Therefore, there is a possibility of multiple awards. My intention is to issue the solicitation in late March/early April and have an award in place in by August when the current contract expires. Please respond to the questions below.

1. Are you a small OR large business per NAICS code 326160/1,250 employees or less? _________________________________
2. For the items listed above, please indicate which groups you would be interested in submitting an offer for and if you are a manufacturer OR distributor for these items. If you are a distributor, please list the manufacturer.
________________________________

3. For the items noted above, please indicate the country in which it is manufactured.

____________________________________________________________________________
4. For VA procurements, we are asking for pre-priced option years. How many option years is your company comfortable pricing out for this procurement (Base + 1-4)? The government prefers a Base plus four. ________________________________________________________________________

5. For this procurement, VA is requiring a logo to be printed on the closures for Group 1 & 2 (Logo to be printed on the closures/caps will be provided with the solicitation). Please let me know if your company has any problems or concerns with including this label for VA caps.
___________________________________________________________________________
6. Pharmaceutical Prime Vendor: All Ordering Activities under the Department of Veterans Affairs acquire their pharmaceutical requirements through their Pharmaceutical Prime Vendor Program (PPV). The contractor shall ensure that chargeback agreements with the PPVs have been executed with sufficient time to permit the PPVs to begin timely distribution of Government orders, if an award is made. Does your company currently have a business-to-business agreement with the PPVs? ________

If your company is not interested in participating, please respond with the reason why. This aids our market research for future procurements. ________________________________________

If you could provide your responses by Wednesday, March 24th it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you have any questions.

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