6 must-reads for supply chain leaders this week

Here are seven articles Becker's Hospital Review published in the last week, highlighting the national saline bag shortage and Amazon's intentions for its state pharmacy licenses, among other topics.

1. Physio-Control recalls 14.2k defibrillator electrodes over packaging issues
Physio-Control, a Redmond, Wash.-based provider of external defibrillators and emergency medical response products, recalled about 14,200 electrodes due to packaging issues. 

2. Acorda Therapeutics halts Parkinson's drug trials after 5 patient deaths
Acorda Therapeutics paused clinical trials of its Parkinson's disease drug, tozadenant, after reporting five patient deaths.

3. Hospitals face critical saline bag shortage: 6 things to know
Hospitals nationwide are experiencing shortages of small saline-solution bags due to supply chain disruptions at manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

4. Amazon: We will use pharmacy licenses in Indiana, Tennessee to sell medical devices, not medication
Amazon will use its pharmacy licenses in Tennessee and Indiana to sell medical devices and supplies instead of prescriptions. 

5. 6 medical groups to Congress: We need a 'comprehensive strategy' for critical drug shortages
Six medical groups signed a letter to leaders of a House subcommittee Nov. 9, urging them to develop a comprehensive strategy to address serious drug shortages.

6. Sens. Chuck Grassley, Elizabeth Warren ask CMS to clarify position on unique device identifiers by Dec. 1
U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., penned a Nov. 8 letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, asking Ms. Verma to clarify the agency's position on including information related to unique device identifiers on Medicare claims forms.

More articles on supply chain:

Prime Healthcare taps HealthTrust for GPO services
Acorda Therapeutics halts Parkinson's drug trials after 5 patient deaths
Cardinal Health to sell Chinese distribution business to Shanghai Pharma

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