SOURCE: 340B Prime Vendor Program

March 08, 2007 12:03 ET

340B Prime Vendor Program Adds OTC Diagnostic Test Kits to Its Pharmacy Portfolio for the Safety-Net

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 -- The 340B Prime Vendor Program, managed by HealthCare Purchasing Partners International® ("HPPI"), announced that it has added FDA-approved OTC diagnostic test kits, manufactured by Irvine, CA-based Early Detect, Inc. ("EDI"). The agreement began Feb. 15, 2007 and includes 14 over-the-counter diagnostic test kits sold in outpatient pharmacies. EDI is leading the way in the paradigm shift from traditional lab testing to rapid diagnostic test kits.

HPPI is the Office of Pharmacy Affairs' awarded contractor to serve as the Prime Vendor for the 340B Program. The Prime Vendor Program was established to increase the discounts already offered under Section 340B of the U.S. Public Health Service Act. The Prime Vendor's role is to secure sub-ceiling discounts on outpatient pharmaceuticals, and discounts on other pharmacy related products and services for participating public hospitals, community health centers and other safety-net health care providers.

EDI has agreed to provide its diagnostic test kits to 340B Prime Vendor Program participants at discounted prices. "We are excited to add EDI as a new supply partner of HRSA's Prime Vendor Program. This partnership is expected to improve the safety-net provider's ability to test frequently, make early diagnosis, and effectively treat their patients," said Chris Hatwig, senior director of the 340B Prime Vendor Program.

340B Prime Vendor Program

The Prime Vendor Program was established to increase the discounts already offered under Section 340B of the U.S. Public Health Service Act, providing low-cost drugs to clinics, hospitals and programs for low-income Americans. Over 12,000 providers across the country qualify to participate in the discount program at no cost, and more than 4,400 facilities are currently enrolled. HealthCare Purchasing Partners International, an Irving, Texas-based health care group purchasing organization co-owned by VHA Inc. and the University Health System Consortium, administers the program. Visit the Section 340B Prime Vendor Program Web site at http://www.340bpvp.com/ for more information about the program.

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