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Cardinal Health wins HDA’s Distribution Management award

BY Brian Berk

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Cardinal Health was named the winner of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance’s 2017 Distribution Management award for its ergonomically friendly and timesaving upright refrigerated unit. The annual award was presented at the 2017 Distribution Management Conference here.

With its mail-order pharmacy customers in mind, Cardinal Health, in collaboration with Sonoco, developed a qualified, upright refrigerated unit that easily fits into almost any cooler, without exposing the products to ambient conditions. Because the unit is wheeled, the need for a pallet jack is eliminated, and the ergonomic design eliminates the need for individuals to lift any heavy lids or to bend over to put in or pull out products. It features a padded door that folds up, making it easy for customers to easily remove the product from the unit. Shelves at the middle and top of the unit hold coolant bricks, which keep products within the allowable temperature range for refrigerated products throughout the distribution process.

“The upright refrigerated unit is one example of our dedication to continuous improvement in the supply chain process, so our customers can get back to the business of healing and focus on navigating the complexities of healthcare,” said Jim Taylor, Senior Marketing Manager at Cardinal Health. “From start to finish, this product gives supply chain professionals access to a time-saving, safe and reliable way to transport and receive refrigerated pharmaceuticals. We are honored to be recognized by HDA for this solution.” 

The HDA represents primary pharmaceutical distributors.

“The Distribution Management Award honors companies that are always in search for better ways to safely and efficiently move our nation’s medicines to the benefit of their ultimate customer — the patient. HDA is pleased to recognize Cardinal Health’s efforts to go above and beyond to serve its customers, while protecting the pharmaceutical supply chain,” said Perry Fri, EVP of Industry Relations, Membership and Education and COO of the HDA Research Foundation.

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House Republicans unveil plan to replace Obamacare

BY Brian Berk

WASHINGTON — House of Representatives Republicans late Monday unveiled a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Two bills were drafted by separate House committees, if enacted, would replace federal insurance subsidies with individual tax credits and grants that would allow individual states to devise their own policies. It also would no longer penalize Americans for failing to have health insurance, instead opting to encourage Americans to keep medical coverage by allowing insurance to pose a surcharge of 30% for those who have a gap between plans.

The new plans would keep two aspects of Obamacare however. Young adults would still be able to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 and insurers would be forbidden to deny coverage or charge more for those with preexisting conditions.

Debate on these new proposed plans are expected to begin in House committees this week. Approving any new plan may not be an easy process.

“We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states,” Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

And Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told the Washington Post that “Trumpcare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care.”

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