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

Edward Achuck, PharmD, MBA (916) 375-4672     

Pharmaceutical Program Consultant


Mike Namba, PharmD, MS (916) 375-4369

Pharmaceutical Consultant II


Kelli Berliner

(916) 375-4548
Health Program Manager II

Mark Harlan, MPH

(916) 375-4558

Health Program Specialist II


Kelli Flores

(916) 375-4465
Health Program Specialist I

Vimbai Kajese, MPH

(916) 375-4926

Health Program Manager I


Mary Anne Selvage

(916) 375-4346

Health Program Specialist I


Sandra Cook

(916) 324-5591

Health Program Specialist I


Chuenté Rhym

(916) 376-1693   
Health Program Specialist I

Marcie Amaya

(916) 376-2935
Health Program Specialist I

Jonathan Arredondo


(916) 443-9837

Health Program Specialist I

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