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A Consortium for Purchase of Blood Products Directed by Physicians

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Grant support: in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD; Health Services Administration grant MCB-360001-04-01; Health and Human Services Grant HL-30567-02; the Regional Comprehensive Hemophilia Diagnostic and Treatment Center; the Margie Boas Fund; the International Hemophilia Training Center of the World Federation of Hemophilia; and the Polly Annenberg Levee Hematology Center, Department of Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York, New York, New York.

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Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(5):754-756. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-108-5-754
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Clotting-factor therapy is a costly part of comprehensive hemophilia treatment. Physicians treating patients with hemophilia in New York formed a consortium for the purchasing and regional distribution of clotting-factor concentrates. Concentrates are centrally purchased based on a bidding formula aimed at obtaining the lowest price for quality product while guaranteeing all suppliers continued involvement in a large market area. The consortium has successfully maintained, and, in instances, lowered prices each year. Estimated regional savings this year are more than $750 000 for an anticipated purchase of approximately 60 000 000 units of clotting-factors VIII and IX. Central distribution has additionally lowered costs to participating hospitals. The consortium is able to provide patients and third-party payers with some of the lowest prices for clotting-factor concentrates in the United States. A physician-directed regional approach to purchasing costly medical products might be applied to other areas of clinical medicine.





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