B-142267, MAR. 18, 1960

B-142267: Mar 18, 1960

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SUPPLY DEPOT: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED MARCH 8. THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE BID OF COURTLAND LABORATORIES OF $0.48 A BOTTLE FOR 120 BOTTLES OF THIAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLETS REQUIRED UNDER ITEM NO. 1 OF THE INVITATION IS COMPLETELY OUT OF LINE WITH THE FIVE OTHER BIDS RECEIVED WHICH RANGE FROM $1.38 TO $1.75 A BOTTLE. THE LABORATORIES FURTHER STATED THAT ITS BID FOR ITEM NO. 1 WAS INTENDED FOR THE CYANOCOBALAMIN INJECTION COVERED BY ITEMS NOS. 2.

B-142267, MAR. 18, 1960

TO MR. W. D. MONTS, CONTRACT SPECIALIST, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SUPPLY DEPOT:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED MARCH 8, 1960, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING TO BE ADVISED WHETHER THE BID OF COURTLAND LABORATORIES FOR ITEM NO. 1 UNDER INVITATION NO. M5-74-60 MAY BE DISREGARDED IN VIEW OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES REPORTED IN YOUR LETTER.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE BID OF COURTLAND LABORATORIES OF $0.48 A BOTTLE FOR 120 BOTTLES OF THIAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLETS REQUIRED UNDER ITEM NO. 1 OF THE INVITATION IS COMPLETELY OUT OF LINE WITH THE FIVE OTHER BIDS RECEIVED WHICH RANGE FROM $1.38 TO $1.75 A BOTTLE. MOREOVER, UPON BEING REQUESTED TO VERIFY ITS BID FOR ITEM NO. 1, COURTLAND LABORATORIES PROMPTLY ADVISED BY TELEGRAMS THAT IT DOES NOT MANUFACTURE OR SELL THIAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLETS. THE LABORATORIES FURTHER STATED THAT ITS BID FOR ITEM NO. 1 WAS INTENDED FOR THE CYANOCOBALAMIN INJECTION COVERED BY ITEMS NOS. 2, 3 AND 4 OF THE INVITATION AND A PRICE COMPARISON WITH THE OTHER BIDS RECEIVED FOR THESE ITEMS APPEARS TO CONFIRM THE COMPANY'S EXPLANATION IN THIS REGARD.

ACCORDINGLY, ITEM NO. 1 OF THE BID OF COURTLAND LABORATORIES SHOULD BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.