Emergency Medical Services' annual supply agreement exceeds $1 million
The Volusia County Council approved medical supply agreements with multiple vendors at its meeting on July 10, and the annual expenditures will cost the County about $1,035,000 — a result of rising costs for medicines and shortage of supplies, said Emergency Medical Services Director John Zaragoza.
“We have seen some significant increases of individual items including medications that are now in short supply," Zaragoza said at the meeting. "Some of them are actually tripling in cost.”
The contracts recommended for approval involved five companies: Concordance Healthcare Solutions LLC, from Tiffin, Ohio; Bound Tree Medical LLC, from Dublin, Ohio; Henry Schein Inc. from Imdo, South Carolina; QuadMed from Jacksonville; Medical Technology Group from Miami and POSS LLC from Tallahassee.
He outlined the need for multiple vendors to take advantage of various prices. Also, due to the shortage of medicinal supplies, being on more vendors' lists gives EMS the opportunity to grab those needed supplies as they become available, he said.