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    Four years after the FDA said there could be a higher risk of death with paclitaxel-coated devices used for peripheral arterial disease, the agency concluded July 11 the evidence does not support this possibility. 
  • Top 10 attributes to look for in an inventory services provider

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  • Medical swab supplier to shut down factory

    Guilford, Maine-based Puritan Medical Products, a supplier of medical swabs, issued a WARN notice June 28 regarding the closure of its Portland, Tenn., manufacturing plant. The company has also made cuts in its home state, according to documents.
  • FDA clears rapid diagnostic test for bacterial respiratory infections

    Lumos Diagnostics has received FDA clearance to market a rapid diagnostic test meant to support clinicians in determining when to prescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections.
  • Top 10 supply stories in 2023

    As the medical supply chain escapes pandemic-caused disruptions and manages inflationary pressures, the top stories for the first half of the year for the industry included device recalls, geopolitical concerns and hospital supply awards. 
  • FDA approves 1st dual-chamber leadless pacemaker

    The FDA approved the nation's first dual-chamber leadless pacemaker July 5, according to devicemaker Abbott. 
  • Indiana system wins award for pharmacy supply chain work

    Parkview Health, a 10-hospital system based in Fort Wayne, Ind., won the Top Supply Chain Projects Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive for synchronizing its pharmacy and supply chain processes.
  • Data drives actionable insights and logistics program performance

    Too often, hospitals and health systems have more data than they know what to do with. And while leaders know data is crucial to identifying performance gaps and driving efficiencies, staff shortages, squeezed budgets and fragmented data hinder such efforts.
  • Hospitals want more time to meet new sterilization standards

    The American Hospital Association asked the Environmental Protection Agency to delay its proposed deadlines in a plan to reduce the use of ethylene oxide in sterilizing medical devices. 
  • Medical device startup stumbles in industry rooted in loyalty

    The promising future of medical supply distributor startup Bttn is faltering, partly because older supply companies have yearslong customer loyalty on their side, Forbes reported June 28. 
  • Medline's top 3 executives to step down

    Medline's CEO, COO and president will leave their roles and join the board of directors in October, the medical supply company said June 28. 
  • 18 injuries spur recall of 260K catheters with leaking, breaking risk

    Teleflex, a global medical supplier with its U.S. operations based in Morrisville, N.C., recalled more than a quarter of a million catheter systems after 83 complaints, 18 injuries and zero deaths were reported. 
  • Missouri calls off auction of leftover hospital supplies

    A Missouri agency planned to auction off personal protective equipment it bought with federal funds during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event was abruptly canceled after the agency learned it could not resell the items, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported June 22. 
  • Philips partners with Oregon medical supplier to boost cardio portfolio

    Health technology company Royal Philips partnered with Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Biotronik, a medical device business, to "expand care for out-of-hospital cardiology labs," they said June 21. 
  • AHA: What hospital supply leaders need from their employers

    Hospitals and health systems need to invest in advancing their supply leaders' professional development, the American Hospital Association said June 22. 
  • McKesson to close New York plant, lay off 26 in November

    McKesson Medical-Surgical plans to close a Rochester, N.Y.-based plant and lay off 26 of the 38 employees who work there by Nov. 3, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification. 
  • Advantus, Medline pen $2.9B, 10-year deal

    Two medical supply companies, Advantus Health Partners and Medline, recently signed a 10-year deal worth $2.9 billion that aims to improve resiliency and enhance "clinical integration" among healthcare workers and Medline's products. 
  • BD to sell surgical devices business, 3 manufacturing facilities

    Becton Dickinson plans to sell its surgical devices business and three manufacturing plants as part of a divestment planned for the end of 2023. 
  • Cardinal Health to construct new distribution center in South Carolina

    Cardinal Health plans to build a new distribution center in Greenville, S.C., that, at 350,000 square feet, will be the biggest site dedicated to its at-Home Solutions business. 
  • Is there a place for Mark Cuban's pharmacy among hospitals? 

    AHIP President and CEO Matt Eyles posed a question to Cost Plus Drugs CEO and co-founder Alex Oshmyansky, MD, PhD, on June 13 at the insurance trade group's conference in Portland, Ore.: "Is there a role for Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co. in terms of how you interact with hospitals going forward?"
  • 3 children's hospitals join Premier's pediatric alliance

    Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Children's Hospital of Richmond (Va.) at VCU and Virginia Children's Care Network recently joined Premier's pediatric-focused purchasing group. 

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