PharmAthene Files Protest Against HHS Over Anthrax Vaccine Bidding Process
According to the protest, filed with the U.S.
"The government wrote its solicitation in a way that protects its long-time, sole-source provider without regard to what is best for the public," said
The government purchases the vaccine under Project BioShield, which was signed into law 2004 as a part of the strategy to defend America against weapons of mass destruction. While Emergent has been the sole source supplier to the government since it purchased the vaccine,
"SparVax-L's reduced procurement costs positions it to provide substantially better value to U.S. taxpayers," Gill said. "The government has invested a lot of money into our innovative, next-gen product that will be wasted if they give everything they have to Emergent without a fair, competitive review. That's not good for public health. And American taxpayers deserve better."
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