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The commissioner of administration, after consulting with the commissioner of health, shall
negotiate discounts or rebates on vaccine or may purchase vaccine at reduced prices. Vaccines may
be offered for sale to medical care providers at the department's cost plus a fee for administrative
costs. As a condition of receiving the vaccine at reduced cost, a medical care provider must agree
to pass on the savings to patients. The commissioner of health may transfer money appropriated
for other Department of Health programs to the commissioner of administration for the initial
cost of purchasing vaccine, provided the money is repaid by the end of each state fiscal year
and the commissioner of finance approves the transfer. Proceeds from the sale of vaccines to
medical care providers, including fees collected for administrative costs, are appropriated to the
commissioner of administration. If the commissioner of administration, in consultation with the
commissioner of health, determines that a vaccine cost reduction program is not economically
feasible or cost-effective, the commissioner may elect not to implement the program.
History: 1990 c 568 art 2 s 5; 1997 c 7 art 2 s 14