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Transactional Purchasing

Transactional Purchasing (TP) is responsible for procuring medical/surgical supplies for Materiel Services' MSC Warehouse.


Annually TP purchases over $70 million worth of medical/surgical supplies for the over 8200 items distributed by MSC.  The entire list of products is available in the online MSC Catalog.


Inventory Control Analysts from Transactional Purchasing ensure all customer products needed are available either in the MSC warehouse (stock) or through direct ordering (nonstock).  Supplies are ordered primarily from distributors through established service contracts.  These contracts have fixed pricing and commit purchases for a set period of time.  Primary distributors deliver stock orders on a next/same day basis.

Back Orders

Every day, on average, 5% of the MSC’s items are on manufacturers' backorder. Manufacturer and/or distributor backorders occur when the manufacturer is temporarily unable to provide a product due to reasons such as assembly line breakdowns or product recalls.  MSC works with customers to overcome difficulties associated with manufacturers' backorders.


Any questions regarding MSC supply availability can be answered by contacting the Materiel Services Customer Services Representatives at 936-6077.

When a manufacturers' backorders occurs, a clinically acceptable product is substituted when possible.  The Transactional Purchasing staff works closely with Value Analysis who determines a clinically accepted substitute item.  When necessary, clinically acceptable substitutions are determined by the major users of the product. Sometimes we are unable to determine a clinically acceptable substitutes. If you have questions about a substitution, contact



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