6 must-reads for supply chain leaders

Here are six articles Becker's Hospital Review published in the last week, highlighting a recent surge in demand for anti-radiation pills and a potential shortage of IV containers, among other topics.

1. Demand surges for radiation antidote after Trump's nuclear button tweet
President Donald Trump recently responded to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear button comments on Twitter, causing a large spike in sales for an anti-radiation drug.

2. Teva's board of directors take 50 percent pay cut amid financial woes
After announcing plans to lay off 14,000 employees to shore up finances, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is taking another step to bolster its financial profile. Its board of directors decided Wednesday to take a 50 percent pay cut until further notice.

3. Google venture arm invests in company developing universal flu vaccine
GV, the venture capital arm of Google's parent Alphabet, is backing a U.K. company that is developing the world's first vaccine to combat all types of flu.

4. Hospitals' flu response highlights cracks in US's emergency infrastructure
Hospitals are strained for resources, space and staff members amid the 2017-18 flu season, highlighting the U.S. healthcare system's lack of preparedness for a mass pandemic or other medical emergencies. 

5. Supply of IV containers dwindles amid saline bag shortage
The FDA expects the national saline bag shortage to improve in the coming weeks and months, but warns of a potential IV container shortage.

6. FDA, DOD to prioritize development of medical products for military: 3 things to know
The FDA and Department of Defense's Office of Health Affairs on Tuesday unveiled a joint program to expedite the development and regulatory review of medical products for American military personnel. 

More articles on supply chain:
Mylan reaffirms $1B share buyback plan
FDA: IV fluid shortage exacerbated by hurricane damage to Puerto Rico is expected to improve
Stanford Blood Center faces critical shortage of blood, notes the flu is keeping potential donors away

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