What is DAPA (Distribution and Pricing Agreement?
Since the early 1990’s, the Federal Government implemented a Prime Vendor Program for brand name specific and generic medical material and supplies. A prime vendor is a business concern that functions as a purchaser’s primary source for specified classes of products and is responsible for the delivery of goods produced by various suppliers to the customer. The United States has been divided into twenty-two regions, with one prime vendor for pharmaceutical items and one prime vendor for medical/surgical items, delivering commercial products to all ordering facilities within that region.
As part of the Prime Vendor Program, Distribution and Pricing Agreements (DAPA) are established with pharmaceutical and medical/surgical manufacturers and distributors. Under the DAPA, the agreement holder consents to allow the prime vendor to distribute its products to the ordering facilities and agrees that the prime vendor will be charged the same price as established in the agreement. Currently, there are approximately 29,000 items on DAPA for pharmaceutical items and approximately 118,000 items on DAPA for medical/surgical items.
A DAPA is not a contract. It is an agreement between DLA Troop Support and the
manufacturers/suppliers of the MSPV Program. The DAPA establishes both the selling
price of products and the authority to allow DLA Troop Support’s PVsto distribute a
DAPA-Holder’s products to DLA Troop Support’s military and other federal customers.
This program was developed to enable PREPACs suppliers to provide their products at competitive prices through the PV. Each PREPAC contains all preselected supplies
required for a specific medical procedure (excluding pharmaceuticals) in a “single
bag”. PREPACs may only be ordered by the MTF for which it has been designed.
These DAPAs are for Medical Equipment that are durable, repairable, portable,
and/or often require some type of power source (i.e. battery, electricity, etc…). They
do not include capital equipment. These products include but are not limited to
infusion pumps, suction apparatus, pulse dosimeters, exam tables, hospital carts, etc…
US Federal Contractor Registration provides DAPA registration technical support. To learn more about DAPA called their Contractor Helpline at 877-252-2700 Ext 1.