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The State of Montana is a member of the Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) group purchasing organization. This membership gives State agencies and political subdivisions access to hundreds of pharmaceutical and healthcare contracts.

The Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP: is a free, voluntary group purchasing organization for government facilities that provide healthcare services. Membership is open to states and their agencies as well as counties, cities, school districts and entities recognized by the home state’s laws as authorized to use that state’s commodity or service contracts. MMCAP is operated by the State of Minnesota and is housed within the Minnesota Department of Administration.

MMCAP's mission is to provide, through volume contracting and careful contract management, the best value in pharmaceuticals and related products to its members - eligible governmental health care facilities.  MMCAP member facilities purchase over $1 billion per year and have national account status with all of the major brand name and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers.

MMCAP is constantly updating current contracts and adding new supply and service contracts to meet the needs of their members. As of March 2014 MMCAP had the following active contracts:

Condom Supplies (2 contracts)
Dental Supplies
Diabetic Syringes, Needles & Related Products (3 contracts)
Drug Testing Kits (3 contracts)
Influenza Vaccine (6 contracts)
Invoice Auditing Software
Laboratory Equipment and Supplies (various vendors)
Medical Supplies (6 contractors)
Pharmaceutical Containers and Vials (2 contracts)
Pharmaceutical Distributor for Montana is Cardinal Health (169 manufacturer contracts)
Pharmaceutical Repackaging (2 contracts)
Pharmaceutical Returned Goods Processing
Prescription Filling / Pharmacy Services


Becoming a Member Facility

To become a member, a facility must:

  1. Complete and execute the MMCAP Membership and Agreement forms and submit them to John Thomas, Montana’s MMCAP Purchasing Contact. The forms can be found on the MMCAP website at Completed forms should be sent to John Thomas at

  2. Comply with all laws, rules and regulations governing government purchasing of pharmaceuticals and related products, including operating within the boundaries established by Robinson-Patman (15 U.S.C. 13 (a)), Abbott Labs v. Portland Retail Druggists (425 U.S. 1(1976)) and Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. v. Abbott Labs (460 U.S. 150 (1983)) (see MMCAP’s explanation below); and

  3. Use the MMCAP-contracted pharmaceutical distributor selected by Montana – Cardinal Health.

 Other Requirements:

  • Do not sign vendor provided agreements without Procurement Services review.
  • Remember to clearly reference Contract# on your BPA or P-Card report.

If not purchasing from MSU or State contracts normal procurement procedures must be followed: limited solicitation over $5,000, formal bidding (handled by Procurement Services) over $25,000