• $123M nitrile glove plant in stasis after temporary shortage

    The federal government paid $123 million to build the nation's first plant to reproduce synthetic rubber into nitrile gloves, but after medical supply shortages ebbed, the Virginia facility sits unused, The Washington Post reported Dec. 28. 
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  • NYC Health + Hospitals to create supplier diversity council

    NYC Health + Hospitals' Danielle DiBari, PharmD, and the system's supply team are working to establish a Diverse Supplier Council to cement equity throughout the hospital supply chain. 
  • Philips recalls MRI machines due to explosion risks

    Philips North America is recalling 150 MRI machines in the U.S. due to explosion risks. The FDA has classified the recall as a Class 1, the most serious type of recall. 
  • States trash PPE stockpiles worth tens of millions: AP

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, states scrambled to secure masks, medical gowns and other personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. Much of those items have sat in stockpiles and with product expiration dates approaching, states are throwing out troves of PPE worth millions, according to a report from The Associated Press.     
  • Olympus scopes might combust

    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. 
  • Atrium Health joins medical device data group

    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. 

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