6 must-reads for supply chain leaders this week

Here are six articles published by Becker's Hospital Review this week highlighting healthcare providers and supplies that excel in automation, Cardinal Health's negotiations to acquire Medtronic's medical supplies unit and more.

1. Cardinal Health looks to acquire Medtronic's medical supplies unit for $6B
Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health is nearing a deal with Minneapolis-based Medtronic to acquire its medical supplies business for approximately $6 billion.

2. FDA approves more drugs, faster than EU regulator: 4 findings
While many critics have called for streamlining the Food and Drug Administration's approval process, a new analysis shows the agency approved a higher amount of drugs at a quicker rate than its European counterpart, the European Medicines Agency.

3. 34 best healthcare providers & suppliers for automation, as named by GHX
Global Healthcare Exchange named 34 healthcare provider and supplier organizations to its GHX Millennium Club for attaining the highest levels of healthcare supply chain automation.

4. Mexico border tax could lead to medical device shortages: 4 things to know
President Donald Trump's proposal to transform trade deals and impose high border taxes on Mexican imports could pose a large threat to the American medical device industry.

5. FDA nominee Dr. Scott Gottlieb's confirmation hearing: 6 things to know
Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee grilled Scott Gottlieb, MD, with questions on his ties to the pharmaceutical industry, the opioid epidemic and more, during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

6. 4 thoughts on women in supply chain leadership from DSC Logistics' CEO
Ann Drake, president and CEO of DSC Logistics, is a female trailblazer in the male-dominated supply chain and logistics industry. Now, she's encouraging other women to follow her lead.

More articles on supply chain:

Arizona law OKs off-label drug promotion, contradicts FDA rules
Mallinckrodt drops out of PhRMA
Cardinal Health looks to acquire Medtronic's medical supplies unit for $6B

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