Even though the current flu season is ongoing, it is time to plan for the 2019-2020 flu season. APCI is working with both FFF Enterprises and Seqirus to better meet our members’ needs in 2019-2020.
APCI has an agreement with FFF Enterprises for 2019-2020 to provide our flu vaccine across all manufacturers for all APCI member pharmacies. This agreement allows APCI members to shop all manufacturers in order to get vaccine in your store as quickly as possible. Additionally, APCI has contract pricing with Seqirus which allows members to order Flucelvax, Fluad (senior vaccine) and Afluria through FFF but get contracted Seqirus pricing.
In order to get contract pricing from Seqirus, APCI committed to order of 100,000 doses of vaccine. Of that number, 75,000 doses must come from Flucelvax and Fluad (senior vaccine) and the remaining 25,000 doses can come from all three of their products. Seqirus products ordered by April 15, 2019 will be delivered on the following schedule: 50% of products will be delivered by August 30, 2019; the remaining 50% of products will be delivered by September 30, 2019.
In addition to the Seqirus vaccines, orders placed through FFF gives APCI members access to flu vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur, GSK, and AstraZeneca (Flumist). APCI recommends that member pharmacies obtain some doses from these other manufacturers in order to satisfy your needs and take care of your patients. APCI also recommends ordering the right number of doses of the senior vaccine (Fluad and Fluzone HD) for patients ages 65 and older. Last flu season, members purchased only 21% of the senior vaccine; APCI member pharmacies have an opportunity to increase that number in 2019-2020, and give senior patients the vaccine recommended for them.
Members may order flu vaccine for the 2019/2020 flu season through FFF via three methods:
- Through the http://www.myfluvaccine.com website
- Through FFF’s Customer Care Team at 800-843-7477
- Through FFF’s fax at 800-418-4333 (printed order form)
Payment terms thru FFF are 0.25% 20 days, net 60 days.
Although we have contract pricing and delivery for Seqirus products, FFF’s normal delivery schedule starts as early as August and continues thru October. You are able to select a date in which you would like to receive the vaccine.
Seqirus and FFF sales representatives will be assisting APCI members with their orders this year. Member pharmacies will receive calls from Seqirus and FFF representatives to assist with the order process. APCI recommends placing vaccine orders by April 15 to get the best delivery times. With competitive vaccine pricing and with both Seqirus and FFF allocating resources to help member stores with the ordering process, member pharmacies should see significant improvements in vaccine procurement for the 2019-2020 flu season.
For questions or more information, contact the APCI Professional and Clinical Affairs Department.