Medical Prime Vendor Program (MPVP)
The MPVP is how the majority of medical items are purchased by our customers. A Prime Vendor (PV) is a single distributor of brand specific medical supplies, who provides delivery within 24 hours. Our PVs are leading distributors in their respective industries, who provide products from a variety of large and small business suppliers. PV contracts covering the entire United States, Europe, and the Pacific are in place for pharmaceuticals, medical/surgical supplies, and medical equipment.
Distribution and Pricing Agreements (DAPAs)
DAPAs are issued to suppliers of medical items by DLA Troop Support Medical Supply Chain, and these suppliers thereby become "DAPA-holders". DAPAs allow for the distribution of identified products at specified prices through the MPVP. Prices are deemed fair and reasonable prior to approving and issuing a DAPA.
Federal Supply Schedules (FSSs)
FSSs for medical items are awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (DVA) Office of Acquisition and Materiel Management's National Acquisition Center (NAC). For pharmaceutical items, if suppliers already have a FSS for an item, they can use that FSS to sell that item through the MPVP. For medical/surgical and equipment items, a previous FSS establishes the uncommitted price, but a DAPA will still need to be established to sell through the MPVP.