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Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section

 About Us
DGS' Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section (Rx Section) administers the Statewide Pharmaceutical Program (SPP).  The SPP allows state and local governmental entities to access contracts that can provide substantial savings for purchasing bulk pharmaceuticals and related pharmaceutical services.  The SPP operates under Government Code Sections 14977-14982.

Our Mission 

Coordinate the efforts of various state and local governmental entities, as appropriate, to identify and implement opportunities for cost savings and quality improvement regarding pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

SPP Participation

Four state agencies are required to participate in the SPP:

  • Department of State Hospitals
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
    • California Correctional Health Care Services
    • Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Developmental Services

In addition, Government Code 14977.5(b) allows other state and local agencies to participate in the SPP.  To participate in the SPP, please complete the SPP Entity Enrollment Application.

Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section Scorecard

The Statewide Pharmaceutical Program (SPP) achieves cost savings through coordinated pharmaceutical purchasing, formulary and utilization controls, leveraged pricing agreements, and wholesaler agreements. SPP’s goal is to achieve an average savings of 60% on Suggested Wholesale Prices.

California Pharmaceutical Collaborative (CPC)


Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section Staff

Kelli Berliner

(916) 375-4548

Health Program Manager


Mark Harlan, MPH

(916) 375-4558

Health Program Specialist


Vimbai Kajese, MPH

(916) 375-4926

Health Program Specialist


Mike Namba, PharmD, MS

(916) 375-4369

Pharmaceutical Consultant


Mary Anne Selvage

(916) 375-4346

Health Program Specialist


Elizabeth Winward, MA

(916) 375-4551

Health Program Specialist


Kelli Flores

(916) 375-4465
Health Program Specialist

Sheila Nazari


(916) 375-4470

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