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    Olympus, a Japan-based medical devicemaker, is warning customers of more than 17,000 airway products that might burn patients or catch fire, the FDA said Dec. 19. 
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    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health recently joined the Medical Device Information Analysis and Sharing partnership, which aims to inject transparency into the medical supply industry. 
  • Drugmakers to make 230K more RSV shot doses available in January

    At the urging of White House officials, manufacturers have confirmed they will make an additional 230,000 doses of respiratory syncytial virus immunizations available for infants in January, alleviating a nationwide shortage. 
  • Chicago hospital diverts 6 tons of IV bag waste in scalable program

    Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine has recycled more than 12,000 pounds of IV bags waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills.
  • Top 25 healthcare supply chains: Gartner

    On Gartner's 15th annual ranking of the nation's best health system supply chains, Cleveland Clinic secured the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive year. 
  • 5 notable Medline updates in 2023

    Medline, the Northfield, Ill.-based major medical supplier, made several headlines this year for key developments ranging from newly inked deals to challenges due to fire damage at a manufacturing plant. 
  • Getinge recalls ECMO machines due to emergency drive issue

    Medical device maker Getinge is recalling 41 of its Cardiohelp Emergency Drive life support machines due to the risk of the device's emergency drive becoming stuck when clinicians attempt to activate the function. The FDA has classified it as a Class 1 recall, the most serious type. 
  • Cardinal Health recalls procedure kits, trays over saline products

    Cardinal Health issued a recall Dec. 5 for certain urology and operating room-specific kits and trays that include saline and sterile water from Nurse Assist.
  • Medtronic scraps $738M deal for insulin pump maker

    Medtronic has canceled a $738 million deal to acquire the wearable insulin pump maker EOFlow Co., according to a Dec. 6 Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
  • Find your Sharpie: How hospitals prepare for crises

    In 2017, Las Vegas hospitals treated victims from a mass shooting that killed 60 people and injured more than 400. In the aftermath, emergency response crews needed more of one crucial item: a Sharpie. 
  • Banner Health honored for supplier diversity program

    Phoenix-based Banner Health was honored for its supplier diversity program by the Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council.
  • PeaceHealth picks Medline for physician, post-acute vendor

    Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth has picked Medline for both its physician office and post-acute care vendor agreements.
  • 5 evolution metrics for hospital supply chains: Gartner

    The healthcare supply chain industry has evolved over the last 15 years in five significant ways, Eric O'Daffer, a Gartner research vice president, wrote in a Dec. 4 piece in Supply Chain Management Review. 
  • Millions of syringe products in chaos as FDA probes China-made devices

    At least 60 million syringes and infusion pumps are in turmoil as the FDA investigates China-made plastic syringes that changed dimensions. 
  • Avoid syringes made in China, FDA says

    As the FDA investigates reports of China-made syringes breaking and leaking, the agency is recommending healthcare workers prioritize syringes manufactured in other countries. 
  • Former hospital plastic surgery chief named CMO of BD

    Ronald Silverman, MD, the former chief of plastic surgery at Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical Center, will become the chief medical officer of Becton Dickinson on Dec. 4. 
  • RSV drug supply woes prompt White House team to meet with suppliers

    The White House is pressing suppliers to meet the demand "with a sense of urgency" after drugmakers underestimated the demand for Beyfortus, the first respiratory syncytial virus drug for children.
  • 130K insulin infusion sets recalled

    Unomedical A/S, a maker of single-use medical devices, is pulling about 130,000 insulin infusion products from the market because it might detach mid-infusion, according to the FDA. 
  • Novartis recalls organ rejection drug

    Novartis recalled two lots of its organ rejection drug Sandimmune because crystallization was discovered in some bottles, the FDA said Nov. 27. 
  • Biden to use Cold War-era policy to boost medical supply chain

    The Biden administration announced Nov. 27 that it plans to broaden the capabilities of the HHS to allow it to make further investments in domestic production of critical medicines and medical supplies. 

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