Top 5 supply chain stories in November

Below are five of the top supply chain stories published by Becker's Hospital Review in November, beginning with the most popular:

1. Stryker to buy Wright Medical for $5.4B
Stryker will acquire Wright Medical Group for a total enterprise value of about $5.4 billion.

2. Hospitals overspending by billions on supply chain expenses, study finds
Hospitals are overspending by $25.7 billion on supply chain expenses annually, a Navigant analysis of 2,127 hospitals found. 

3. 2 more deaths, 60 device failures linked to Getinge's heart balloon pump
Two deaths, one serious injury and more than 60 medical device reports have been linked to Maquet/Datascope's intra-aortic balloon pumps in the past year, the FDA warned healthcare providers in a Nov. 19 letter.

4. Medline to hire 2,000 workers
Medline is hosting a one-day national hiring event Nov. 7 seeking to hire 2,000 employees.

5. FDA still allowing devicemakers to shield medical device safety flaws from the public
The FDA has allowed several devicemakers to file secretive reports on device-related harm and malfunctions, despite the agency saying it wants more transparency on device safety.

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