Top 5 supply chain stories in October

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

1. IBM releases supply chain suite with AI, blockchain features
IBM has launched a new supply chain suite that uses Watson Artificial Intelligence and blockchain to help companies make their supply chains smarter and more efficient.

2. Cleaning issue prompts Zimmer Biomet to recall some surgical products
Zimmer Biomet is recalling some legacy Biomet surgical products that were cleaned by a third-party supplier in a process the devicemaker said "was not up to its quality standards."

3. 'Dollars for Docs': 20 drug, device makers that paid physicians the most last year
Genentech and Zimmer Biomet were among the device or pharma companies that paid U.S. physicians the most in 2018, according to data released Oct. 17 by ProPublica's Dollars for Doctors Project. 

4. UPS to expand fleet of drones to hospitals across the country
United Parcel Service will begin transferring medical samples and devices between facilities at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health, among other hospitals.

5. FDA warns of critical medical device shortages
Hospitals could soon face shortages of critical medical devices due to the closures of several sterilization plants, the FDA warned Oct. 25.

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