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October 18th, 2023

Cook Awarded Third Contract with Veterans Affairs for Implanted Devices

Bloomington, Ind. — The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Cook Medical a Next Generation Implant Contract for implanted medical devices. This contract will streamline the procurement process for the VA supply chain team. This contract is another way Cook is being recognized for our innovative ways of working more effectively with customers and making supply chains more efficient.  

This is the third contract of its kind Cook has been awarded. In October 2021, the VA awarded Cook our first Implant Contract. The first contract included implantable products such as the Zilver® PTX® Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent, Zenith® aortic endografts, and associated interventional devices to treat patients with vascular disease. This second contract includes those same products as well as Cook’s BioDesign® line of biologics products.

Zilver® PTX®, Cook Medical's paclitaxel-coated stent

Zilver® PTX®, Cook Medical’s paclitaxel-coated stent, is included in Cook’s contract with Veterans Affairs. 

The contract went into effect on September 30, 2023. The contract is for one year with four one-year extension options. Having Cook implantable products on this contract streamlines the procurement process for the VA supply chain team. It also provides VA physicians with more product options to treat Veterans in a timely manner. 

“It is an honor to provide our products to Veterans who bravely served our country. We are pleased that we can offer even more products, including biologics products, to Veterans so they can receive our most innovative technologies. At Cook, we are constantly looking for better ways of doing business with customers. Contracts, like this one with the VA, are one way Cook is continuously innovating to make supply chain processes more efficient,” said John Blackketter, North American Manager of Cook Medical’s BusinessCare Integration team. 

About Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a federal agency dedicated to providing quality healthcare for our country’s Veterans. VA is founded on core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence when treating and supporting Veterans and their families. 

About Cook Medical
Since 1963, Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we invent, manufacture and deliver a unique portfolio of medical devices to the healthcare systems of the world. Serving patients is a privilege, and we demand the highest standards of quality, ethics and service. We have remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. 

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News coverage of this announcement

Journal of Healthcare Contracting–Cook Medical awarded third contract with Veterans Affairs for implanted devices

Repertoire Magazine–Cook Medical awarded third contract with Veterans Affairs for implanted devices