6 must-reads for hospital supply chain leaders this week

Here are six articles published by Becker's Hospital Review this week that offer insight on high drug prices, new regulatory decisions and more.

1. FDA bans powdered gloves: New rule effective January 18
Following through on a rule proposed in March, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule Monday banning powered gloves for healthcare workers, as they "present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury."

2. Supply chain tip of the week: How to put your supply chain on a 'diet'
When dieting, individuals must consider not only how much they eat, but also what type of food they should consume to shed pounds. Similarly, when health systems attempt to reduce supply chain costs, they should consider both the volume of supplies and the product mix.

3. 20 states sue generic drugmakers for price fixing: 5 things to know
Twenty U.S. states filed a lawsuit Thursday against six generic drugmakers, alleging they colluded to set fixed prices of two common drugs and split up market share, reports Reuters.

4. 5 supply chain strategies to control hospital drug spending
As drug prices continue to rise, many U.S. hospitals are implementing aggressive strategies to reduce pharmaceutical spending, reports The Wall Street Journal.

5. Amazon conducts first drone delivery to a customer
A drone, carrying popcorn and a Fire TV video-streaming device, traveled several miles to a farmhouse near Cambridge, U.K., to deliver the package in 13 minutes.

6. 4 things to consider when deciding where to locate a distribution center
Companies must untangle a complex web of factors when deciding not only where to locate a distribution center, but also how to run it, reports DC Velocity.

More articles on supply chain:

5 latest FDA approvals
Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital undergoing critical blood shortage
Senate committee releases comprehensive report on high drug prices: 4 things to know

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