Piedmont Healthcare wins national supply chain award

Atlanta, Ga.-based Piedmont Healthcare earned the Emergency Care Research Institute's Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award earlier this month, one of just 12 healthcare facilities in the U.S. to earn the recognition. By Tamara Rosin -

Healthcare Supply Chain Association supports legislation to control generic drug price spikes

The Healthcare Supply Chain Association has announced its support for a new legislation aimed at creating a more competitive generic drug marketplace. HSCA confirmed its support for the "Increasing Competition in Pharmaceuticals Act" in a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. By Tamara Rosin -

Create an unbreakable supply chain in the eye of the storm

When a blizzard or hurricane strikes, city hall may be leveled and stores may have to close, but the hospital stays open 24/7.  By Scott Jeffries -

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Medline is now HDG's prime vendor for various supplies and value-added programs: 4 things to know

Medical supplier Medline and Health Dimensions Group, a provider of management and consulting solutions, have entered into a vendor agreement aimed at bringing greater quality of care and outcomes to patients.  By Kelly Gooch -

Northside Hospital awards supply chain contract to Medline: 3 facts

Northside Hospital in Atlanta has signed a five-year distribution agreement extension with Medline for continued supply chain support to its affiliate physician groups. By Brooke Murphy -

Unique device identifiers required for class II medical devices this fall

Starting in September, class II medical devices will be required to be equipped with a unique device identifier to be in compliance with UDI regulations. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Helping clinicians get out of the supply room and back to their patients

Less than two years ago, UAB Medical West was struggling with how to manage its medical and surgical supplies. UAB has since improved product visibility, streamlined workflows and reduced its supply spending by 10 percent based on a per-patient, per-day scale.  By Staff -

The key to efficient inventory management: Automation

Hospitals and health systems consistently name the supply chain as an area in which spending and waste must be reduced. By Erin Marshall -

Creating competition: Emergence of biosimilars in the U.S.

It's rare to see the insurance industry, patient groups, employers, providers and pharmacy organizations all aligned on a single issue. But the high cost of biologic drugs has mounted agreement across the industry that we need a competitive specialty pharmaceuticals market.  By Mike Alkire, COO, Premier Inc. -

Gilead inks deals to sell Sovaldi for less in poorer countries

Foster City, Calif.-based Gilead Sciences, the maker of the costly Sovaldi hepatitis C treatment, has reached licensing deals with seven generic drug makers in India to sell cheaper versions of the drug in developing countries, according to a New York Times report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

4 common barriers to sterile packaging validations

Sterilization is, of course, a fundamental requirement in the medical field. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Cleveland Clinic, Parker Hannifin partner to create medical devices

Parker Hannifin, a Cleveland-based manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is working with Cleveland Clinic to develop more than 100 potential medical advancements and developments. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Cantrell Drug Company to utilize closed vial filling system for enhanced sterility assurance

Cantrell Drug Company in Little Rock, Ark., will become the first human drug compounding outsourcing facility in the United States to use Belgium-based Aseptic Technologies' closed vial system for sterile filling of injectable drugs. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

FDA warns not to use sterile products from Downing Labs due to lack of quality assurance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to providers and patients to cease use of any sterile-use drug products made and distributed by Dallas-based Downing Labs "because the firm cannot ensure the safety or quality of these products," according to the FDA. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Argon Medical to acquire US Biopsy

Plano, Texas-based Argon Medical Devices has acquired Franklin, Ind.-based Promex Technologies, which does business as US Biopsy. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Mylan to acquire U.S. rights for Aspen injection

Mylan Ireland Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. rights to Aspen Global's Arixtra Injection. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Accuray, Premier enter radiation therapy solutions contract

Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier has awarded Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Accuray a group purchasing agreement for its radiation therapy products. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

DEA: Patients can return unused drugs to pharmacies, clinics

The Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a new regulation that will allow patients to return unused prescription drugs to pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

FDA approves acute kidney injury test kit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of a new laboratory test that helps determine if certain patients are at risk of developing moderate to severe acute kidney injury within 12 hours of administering the test. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

5 common misconceptions about hospital purchased services

Separating fact from fiction for the "next frontier" of healthcare cost reduction  By Beverly Schierer, Vice President of Research & Analysis, MD Buyline -

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