VA seeks database of all FDA-approved drugs

The Veterans Affairs Department will publish a request for proposals at the end of the month for a commercial database for pharmacy information.

The database will include every drug product approved by the Food and Drug Administration for manufacture and distribution of health care, VA said yesterday in a notice on FedBizOpps. This would encompass prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, herbals, chemicals used for compounding, medical devices and supplies.

Currently, the Veterans Health Administration has a system that is maintained nationally and updated occasionally to local facilities and which contains a package called the National Drug File. However, the system is unable to meet the agency's needs. The new system will be integrated into the pharmacy software that will be part of the HealtheVet-VistA, and ultimately HealtheVet systems.

The contract will have a Phase I pilot implementation with an Optional Phase II for an enterprisewide implementation. Phase II will include three option years.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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