Friday, October 30, 2015

Lincare Might Acquire ... And then there were three? | HME News

Lincare Acquisitions

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Read the full article: And then there were three? | HME News:

"If Lincare buys American HomePatient, it would be one of three remaining nationals in the HME industry, with Apria Healthcare and Rotech Healthcare."

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Increase in Outsourcing of Bio Pharmaceutical Labeling and Packaging to 3PL & 4PL

Read the full news release:  Global Bio Pharma Logistics Market 2015-2019 - Increase in Outsourcing of Bio Pharmaceutical Labeling and Packaging... -- DUBLIN, Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --:

"The market is witnessing certain trends that are expected to contribute to its growth during the forecast period. One of these trends is the increase in outsourcing of bio pharma labeling and packaging activities to 3PL and 4PL companies. This helps the manufacturing companies to focus on core activities like the procurement of raw materials and distribution of the products."

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Drug Wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Building New Data Bridges to Manufacturers - The CIO Report - WSJ

Read the full article: Drug Wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Building New Data Bridges to Manufacturers - The CIO Report - WSJ:

"AmerisourceBergen Corp. CIO Dale Danilewitz says the global drug wholesaler is working on a number of projects meant to deliver more data to its pharmaceutical manufacturers, a move that would give drugmakers more visibility into their supply chain and help manage inventory.

“We’re trying to deliver more information about product access, product utilization, and product pricing to them,” he said during an interview at the Technology Business Management Council conference in Chicago.  The delivery methods, which could include “real-timeonline access,” is part of the company’s “roadmap for better integration with manufacturer systems."

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

License Fee Analysis Report - Includes CA HMDR Exemptees

Report To The Legislature - Drug Manufacturing, Medical Device Manufacturing, And Home Medical Device Retailer Licensing Costs And Fee Analysis Annual Report For 2015 (PDF) - posted on the CDPH HMDR website

If you follow these kinds of California HMDR Exemptee proceedings, you'll be interested in how annual license fees are determined. They're based on estimated program costs, taking into account the costs for inspections, investigations, enforcement, and other required activities.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ready for a makeover: What’s trending in the global pharma logistics? – The Financial Express

Read the full article: Ready for a makeover: What’s trending in the global pharma logistics? – The Financial Express:

"From using data analytics to developing cold chain capabilities, pharma companies, in tandem with logistics firms, are leaving no stone unturned to tackle the mounting challenges. Since payers and consumers are likely to continue demanding effective and proficient healthcare, the part of the supply chain that handles the last mile of delivery is changing.

Outsourcing to third-party logistics providers (3PLs)
 “More companies are outsourcing logistics than we have seen in many years”
– Joe Carlier, Senior VP – Sales, Penske Logistics (June 2015)"

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7 New Opportunities for Today's DME Entrepreneur | HomeCare Magazine

Read about all seven ideas: 7 New Opportunities for Today's DME Entrepreneur | HomeCare Magazine:

"With the multitude of changes and challenges in today's durable medical equipment (DME) marketplace, successful entrepreneurs are seeking new opportunities where they can employ their skill and experience. Ask yourself: What opportunities and markets are right for my company, my customers, and myself? How do I successfully enter new, parallel markets without jeopardizing my current DME operation?"

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Avoid Delays In License Applications & Renewals - CA Board of Pharmacy

The California Board of Pharmacy just posted a hyperlink on their home page about possible license delays.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs provides the details, Attention New Applicants And Renewing Licensees - Avoid Unnecessary Delays In Your License Issuance Or Renewal:

In summary:
"The Department of Consumer Affairs is scheduled to transition additional Boards and Bureaus to the new BreEZe online licensing and enforcement system in January 2016. The transition to the new system will require a temporary shutdown of all licensing processes for several business days, and could result in delays in processing initial license applications, license renewals, and changes such as name changes or changes of address."

If you're scheduled to renew, or are planning to submit a license application within the next 3-4 months, you'll want to read the details for more information, and how it might affect your situation. I suggest that you learn more right away, so that you can plan your next steps in a timely fashion.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FDA Posts Wholesale Distributor and 3PL License Database | RxTrace

Read the full article: FDA Posts Wholesale Distributor and 3PL License Database | RxTrace:

 . . ."anyone who buys drugs from wholesale distributors should include a step in their “purchasing” Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to check this database to confirm that the company they are placing an order with is properly licensed in the jurisdiction they are located in."

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Florida CDR Exam - What To Expect - Free Test Taking Tips

Florida CDR Exam - What To Expect - Free Test Taking Tips

Avoid surprises!

Review the entire CDR CIB carefully. It contains far more information than what you see below in this post.

This post focuses on what to expect when you sit down in front of the Pearson VUE testing computer.


The CDR Candidate Information Booklet (CIB) says:
(STATE OF FLORIDA - Candidate Information Booklet for the CERTIFIED DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE LAWS AND RULES EXAMINATION - Always check for the latest published version)

Introduction:
  • Before you begin the examination, you will have an opportunity to go through a tutorial on the computer.
    • You'll have 15-30 minutes to take the tutorial (the CIB is inconsistent on the duration; 15 vs 30 mins).
    • The time you spend on the tutorial will NOT reduce the time allotted for taking your examination. When you feel comfortable with the computer testing unit, you may begin your examination. The time of the examination begins the moment you look at the first question on your examination.
  • You'll have 90 minutes to take the exam
    • The exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions  
Test Taking Advice:
  • Read all instructions carefully.
  • For best results, pace yourself by periodically checking your progress. This will allow you to make any necessary adjustments.
  • Be sure to record an answer for each question, even the items about which you are not completely sure. You can note the questions you wish to reconsider on the computer testing system and return to them later.
  • Alert a Proctor or Test Center Manager to any problems that may occur during the examination. Do not wait until the examination is over to inform someone about a problem.
Scoring Procedures and Notification of Results:
  • All questions are equally weighted. The minimum percentage score needed to pass has been set at seventy-five percent (75 %.)
  • All candidates will receive an official photo-bearing exam result report immediately following completion of their examination.

The Pearson VUE Webpages Share Information For Test Takers:

About Pearson VUE Exams:  This tutorial is provided to help you become familiar with Pearson VUE exam software. Remember, the CIB says the exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions.

Pearson VUE Computer-Based Testing Demo:  This demo prompts you to interact with what you see on the computer screen. By clicking around, you'll get more comfortable with the testing software.

Test Taker Tips (video) - Free tips and advice on how to get ready for the exam.

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AmerisourceBergen to Buy PharMEDium for $2.6 Billion - WSJ

Read the full article: AmerisourceBergen to Buy PharMEDium for $2.6 Billion - WSJ:

"PharMEDium maintains four compounding facilities and serves more than 3,000 hospital clients, according to a news release."

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Monday, October 5, 2015

New NCPA Report Highlights How Drug Wholesalers, Independent Drugstores Profit From Generic Price - PRNewswire

Read the full article: New NCPA Report Highlights How Drug Wholesalers, Independent Drugstores Profit From Generic Price... -- WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --:

"NCPA's report outlines several reasons for generic drug price increases within the supply chain and offers new insights into both wholesalers and pharmacies:"

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. . .  specifically, the article calls out:
  • Drug Wholesalers, and
  • Independent Drugstores and the "Gray Market."
Note:  in this article, NCPA means the National Center for Policy Analysis

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Friday, October 2, 2015

UPS, FedEx and DHL bet big on health-care logistics - CNBC

Read the full article: UPS, FedEx and DHL bet big on health-care logistics - CNBC:

"UPS isn't the only logistics player working for health-care companies. FedEx and DHL have made significant investments in their health-care supply chains as well. "

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Florida CDR Required For Out-Of-State Prescription Drug Wholesalers

Source: Permitting FAQ 8 - Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics:

"DIVISION OF DRUGS, DEVICES AND COSMETICS

IS AN APPLICANT FOR AN OUT-OF-STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR PERMIT REQUIRED TO HAVE A FLORIDA CERTIFIED DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE?

Yes, having a Certified Designated Representative is one of the minimum requirements for the Out-of-State Prescription Drug Wholesale Distributor permit."

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

UPS Opens Its First Facility To Offer Comprehensive Medical Device Replenishment Services - MarketWatch

Read the full article: UPS Opens Its First Facility To Offer Comprehensive Medical Device Replenishment Services - MarketWatch:

"As part of its long-term strategy to support medical device manufacturers, UPS® UPS, +0.06% today announced the opening of a new healthcare-compliant distribution and warehousing facility in New Jersey to support the growth of its customers. The multi-client hub is the first in UPS's network to offer medical device companies comprehensive logistics services such as autoclave capabilities, instrument inspection and surgical set replenishment, among other services.

The 208,000-square-foot facility is healthcare-dedicated and strategically located near UPS's air hub at Philadelphia International Airport."

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