6 must-reads for supply chain leaders this week

 Here are six articles published by Becker's Hospital Review in the past week that offer insight on the future of supply chain, controversial drugs and more.

1. How 3-D printing could disrupt the healthcare supply chain
3-D printing is poised to substantively benefit the production of medical devices and the healthcare supply chain overall.

2. 5 drugs that made headlines in 2016
Amid controversial price hikes and surprising regulatory decisions, many aspects of the drug industry were scrutinized this past year.

3. Amazon's newest endeavor: A floating warehouse
Amazon has set its sights high with plans for an airborne fulfillment center that would act as a launch pad for drones to deliver items to customers.

4. Johns Hopkins study shows drones can safely transport large bags of blood
Researchers from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University determined that large bags of blood products can maintain temperature and cellular integrity during transportation by drones.

5. FDA warns hospitals of battery-powered medical cart fires, explosions
The Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 27 issued a warning to healthcare professionals and administrators of the potential safety risks associated with battery-powered mobile medical carts following reports of explosions, fires, smoking or overheating of equipment.

6. Value-based supply chain management: 5 questions with Cardinal Health's Carola Endicott and Ken Shastany
Cardinal Health's Carola Endicott and Ken Shastan spoke to Becker's Hospital Review about supply chain's crucial role in ensuring a smooth, cost-efficient transition toward new payment models.

More articles on supply chain:

10 medical device trends for 2017
irector of supply chain named one of best jobs in America by CNNMoney
Texas sues FDA over impounded shipment of execution drug


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