3.16.15 Vaccine Ordering 101| Order Merck Vaccines

on Mar 16, 2015 in news

The most important thing to remember is to have vaccines available and in your refrigerator so your patients don’t miss a dose.  Below are guidelines to maximize your savings.


Set up your direct online accounts.  This way you may order vaccines anytime without waiting on customer service hours and you may easily view past and future shipments.  Also, Sanofi Pasteur gives you a 1% discount for ordering this way.


Make sure you’ve sent in your MPPG membership form or joined MPPG on-line.  Contact us as soon as you’ve been issued your direct vaccine account numbers so we can inform the manufacturers of your status with our group.  Wait for a confirmatory e-mail from us before placing orders.  Usually, this only takes a day or two.


PLAN your orders so you don’t find yourself in a pinch.  Schedule recurring reminders in your calendar.  In general, have vaccines shipped earlier in the week so you’re stocked for Friday then Monday, Tuesday of following week.  Inventory planning prevents any added overnight shipping expenses.

Adjust orders for heavier volume months ie:  the summer months and requirements for back to school physicals.  Regularly monitor inventory.   Avoid over stocking to protect practice cash flow.  PLAN around holidays, office delivery hours and take advantage of the occasional vaccine promotion.


To open a direct account and order Merck Vaccines go to either 1 800-MERCKRx – or –  www.merckvaccines.com.  Order Merck manufactured vaccines from Merck only. Plan orders for over $600.00 to avoid shipping charge of $20.00.  Pay vaccine invoices on time, the prompt pay discount is 2% as it is with Sanofi Pasteur.

Merck Products:


Measles, Mumps, Rubella – MMR® II

Rotavirus – RotaTeq®

Hepatitis B – RecombivaxHB® (Ped & Adult)

Hepatitis A – VAQTA® (Ped & Adult)

Shingles – ZOSTAVAX®

Varicella – VARIVAX®

Pneumonia – PNEUMOVAX 23®



To open a direct account and order Sanofi Pasteur vaccines go to either 1 800-VACCINE – or –  www.vaccineshoppe.com .  Ordering on-line is preferred for the 1% discount.  Shipping charges ( 25$ ) only apply if your order is less than $600.00, with vaccines this isn’t a difficult minimum order.  However, if you have a small order, place it on Sanofi Pasteur’s other site https://www.vaxserve.com/index.cfm

( there is only a $100.00 minimum for free shipping  and your discount is the same at vaccineshoppe or vaxserve ).

Influenza Vaccines:  Mark your calendar each year to “pre-book” by March 31st for a fall shipment(s).  Plan your order carefully to avoid large returns ( shoot for no more that 25% to be returned ) and maximum credit back.  This applies as well to FluMist@ ordering however, the “pre-book” deadline for best pricing and returns is April 17th.

An important note about other manufacturers’ vaccines on Sanofi Pasteur’s website www.vaccineshope.com:  It may be convenient to order Merck vaccines when on Sanofi’s site however, it isn’t the most cost effective way to purchase.  Our MPPG discount on Merck vaccines is only for vaccines directly purchased from Merck.  There is one exception however, it’s on Pfizer’s Prevnar13®.

Order Prevnar13® on your Sanofi Pasteur account.  Although discounts are not yet available on this product, the price is the same as going directly through Pfizer.  This strategy eliminates placing another separate order and paying another bill.

Always plan to get vaccine bills paid on time, this gives you a 2% discount and keeps your practice in good standing with the manufacturers.  Avoid credit hold, it results in vaccine shipments being held or delayed.

Staying loyal to the Merck and Sanofi Pasteur brands for orders placed July 1 through June 30th of the following year earns you eligibility for loyalty payments at the end of the year!

Sanofi Pasteur Products


TdaP – Adacel®

DTaP~IPV/Hib – Pentacel®

Meningitis A,C,Y,W135 – Menactra®

Inactivated Polio – IPOL®

Hib – ActHIB®

TB Mantoux skin test – TUBERSOL®

Influenza –

Fluzone® Vaccine (IIV3)

Fluzone® High-Dose Vaccine (IIV3)

Fluzone® Intradermal Quadrivalent vaccine (IIV4)

Fluzone® Intradermal Vaccine (IIV3)

Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine (IIV4)

Yellow Fever – YF VAX®

Typhoid – Typhim Vi®

Rabies IG – Imogam

Rabies vaccine – Imovax

DT pediatric


BCG Live (Intravesical) – TheraCys®



MedImmune manufactures FluMist®Quadrivalent (LAIV).  MedImmune only sells through distributors.  MPPG encourages using McKesson since they give our members a discount on all other medical supplies.  To take advantage of the MPPG contract on FluMist®, a group affiliation declaration form is required.  Fax the completed form to us at 818-332-7058.  We’ll keep a copy for your file then forward it to MedImmune for you.



Pfizer manufacturers Prevnar®13 and Trumenba® (MenB) vaccine.  Prevnar® may be ordered at the same price on your Sanofi Pasteur account as ordering directly from Pfizer, and this is what we recommend.  The procedure is different however for placing Trumenba orders.  To receive our MPPG contract advantages on Trumenba® MenB vaccine, orders need to be placed through McKesson Medical Surgical.  No group affiliation forms are needed by Pfizer, we handle this internally.



Although customer service is helpful, request a visit from your local Professional Vaccine Representatives for Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, MedImmune & Pfizer.  They are your key contacts with these companies and experts on their vaccines.

Occasionally there are additional discounts on top of our contract pricing which we send e-mails about so you can take advantage of promotions as much as possible. Conversely, we’ll also send e-mails if there are pricing increases so you can order vaccines before the date of the increase.

Return any unopened expired vaccine vials as soon as possible and no later that 1 year post expiry date to receive credit back.  Many vaccines are credited 100% of your purchase price.