6 Future Famers
saluted by Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership for inaugural
Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain
Leadership, recognized six professionals for their contributions to supply
chain operational excellence so early in their respective careers.
Joining the inaugural Future Famers Class of 2015 are six individuals who
have made great strides in the healthcare supply chain during the first
decade of their employment:
William Barrette, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain Finance & Strategy,
Ochsner Health System, New Orleans
Justin Freed, Director, Supply Chain Management, Loma Linda (CA) Medical
Jason Hays, Regional Director, Supply Chain, Mercy Health, St. Ritaâ€™s
Medical Center, Lima, OH
Nathaniel Mickish, Senior Director, Non-acute Supply Chain, Texas Health
Resources, Arlington, TX
Eric Tritch, Director, Strategic Sourcing, University of Chicago Medicine
Donna VanVlerah, Vice President, Supply Chain, Parkview Health, Fort Wayne,
â€śWe developed the Future Famers recognition program so that those
professionals new to a career in healthcare supply chain could be
highlighted for innovations they are implementing as well as those achieving
success with large scale, complex projects within their organizations,â€ť said
Mary Starr, Bellwether League Inc. Treasurer and Marketing Committee Chair.
â€śWe believe that this recognition will not only inspire other young
professionals in the field, but also provide a way to communicate new
processes being used in provider organizations.â€ť
Bellwether League Inc. announced the new â€śFuture Famersâ€ť recognition program
at its 7th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner event last October.
â€śThe Future Famers recognition award is Bellwether Leagueâ€™s way of
acknowledging individuals early in their career who have made significant
strides to improve their organizations, themselves or even their
profession,â€ť said John Gaida, Chairman, Bellwether League Inc. Board of
Directors. â€śOur job at BLI is to shine a light on supply chain achievement â€“
the Bellwether who has done so much over his or her career to advance the
profession, and now the Future Famer who has huge potential to someday
become a Bellwether. We on the Board of BLI feel this complementary
recognition fits nicely with our mission. We are proud of this new Future
Famers Class of 2015 and encourage many more applicants to come forward in
the years ahead.â€ť
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Cardinal Health to
buy J&Jâ€™s Cordis Unit for $1.94 billion
Cardinal Health Inc. agreed to buy Johnson & Johnsonâ€™s Cordis business for
$1.94 billion in cash, gaining a global manufacturer of cardiology and
endovascular devices. The acquisition will be financed with a combination of
$1 billion in new senior unsecured notes and existing cash, Dublin, OH-based
Cardinal Health said in a statement. The transaction is expected to close in
the U.S. toward the end of calendar 2015.
Based in Fremont, CA, Cordis had annual sales of approximately $780 million
last year, split almost evenly between cardiology and endovascular products.
About 70 percent of Cordisâ€™s sales come from outside the U.S., in more than
50 countries, including China, Germany, Italy and the U.K.
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increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines
Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young
children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a
study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and
family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many
shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said
that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month;
and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year.
The researchers surveyed 534 doctors by email or regular mail in 2012.
Participants were doctors who are members of the American Academy of
Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians â€” the two leading
groups of doctors who treat young children. One in 5 doctors said at least
10 percent of parents had requested vaccine delays by spreading them out
over more months than is recommended.
Most doctors said the practice puts kids at risk for getting
vaccine-preventable diseases and might lead to disease outbreaks, but most
also said they at least sometimes agreed to the delays. Only 3 percent said
they often or always tell parents who insist on vaccine delays to seek care
from another doctor.
Doctors are concerned about unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children
becoming ill and spreading disease to others. Vaccinations against 14
diseases are recommended for children younger than 2, starting at birth and
given every few months. Some shots combine vaccines against more than one
disease; the measles shot also protects against mumps and German measles.
Even so, young children may get five shots at once under the recommended
Some parents want to delay shots by spacing them out, partly to spare their
kids from getting jabbed so many times at one sitting. Doctors surveyed said
other reasons include worries about possible long-term complications and
other risks from vaccines, which medical experts say are unfounded. The
study didn't ask doctors which vaccines parents asked to delay.
The recommended vaccine schedules are based on research on timing shots to
be most effective at preventing disease. Delaying shots meant to be given at
a certain age means they may be less effective. It also makes it more likely
that children will never get vaccinated, because parents get too busy or
forget to schedule another doctor's visit, said Dr. Robert Frenck, an
infectious diseases specialist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical
Center. He was not involved in the new study. (Associated Press)
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Texas nurse who
contracted Ebola to sue hospital chain
She was the first person to ever contract Ebola in the United States, and
now she's going to sue the hospital where she got infected. Nina Pham, a
nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, will file a lawsuit
Monday against the hospital's parent company Texas Health Resources, her
lawyer told CNN affiliate KTVT.
According to the suit, the hospital chain failed to provide proper equipment
and training to handle Ebola. Pham contracted the disease last fall while
treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who started showing symptoms after arriving in
Dallas from Liberia. Pham's lawsuit also claims Texas Health Resources
violated her privacy by sharing her medical records, KTVT said.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Pham wants unspecified damages for
physical pain, mental anguish, medical expenses and loss of future earnings.
But she told the newspaper that she wants to "make hospitals and big
corporations realize that nurses and health care workers, especially
frontline people, are important. And we don't want nurses to start turning
Texas Health Resources spokesman Wendell Watson issued a statement in
response to the lawsuit: "Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas
during a most difficult time. We continue to support and wish the best for
her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this
Another nurse treating Duncan, Amber Vinson, also contracted Ebola. Both
nurses recovered after being sent to hospitals specially equipped and
trained to handle Ebola -- Pham at the National Institutes of Health in
Maryland, and Vinson at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Pham is still employed and is getting a paycheck from Texas Health
Resources, but has not returned to work, KTVT said. She is still suffering
fatigue and body aches, but her lawyer told the affiliate it's not clear
whether the ailments are from having Ebola or from the experimental drugs
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release sparks concern at Louisiana lab
Officials are investigating how a deadly type of bacteria was released from
a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Center in
Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. A dangerous, often
deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from
a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in
Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks
of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the
release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to
interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY.
The incident has raised concerns that bacteria from the lab may have
contaminated the facility's grounds and though initial, limited tests didn't
detect it, some officials are pressing behind the scenes for more action,
records show. The safety breach at Tulane's massive lab complex 35 miles
north of New Orleans is the latest in a recent series of significant
biosafety accidents at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the
country where research is performed on bacteria and viruses that are
classified as potential bioterror agents.
The Tulane incident involves the release, possibly in November or earlier,
of a bacterium called Burkholderia pseudomallei, which is primarily
found in Southeast Asia and northern Australia and is spread to humans and
animals through direct contact with contaminated soil and water where it can
live and grow. Tulane's research, which has been halted by federal
officials, was part of an effort to develop a vaccine against the bacteria.
It was conducted mostly with rodents inside a secure biosafety level 3
laboratory with multiple layers of safety equipment that were supposed to
ensure the pathogen couldn't get out.
Yet at least four monkey-like rhesus macaques â€” that were never used in the
experiments and were kept in large outdoor cages in another part of the
500-acre facility â€” have been exposed to the bacteria, initial tests have
found. Two of the macaques became ill in November; both eventually had to be
euthanized. Meanwhile, a federal investigator, who became ill 24 hours after
visiting the facility in January as part of the ongoing release
investigation, has also tested positive for exposure to the bacteria â€”
though it remains unclear whether her exposure may have occurred during
international travel and not at the lab.
Andrew Lackner, director of the Tulane primate center, said the
investigation so far indicates that the four macaques were exposed to the
bacteria while being cared for in the complex's veterinary hospital and he
emphasized that tests of 39 soil and 13 water samples from the center's
grounds have not detected the presence of the bacteria.
Studies reviewed by USA TODAY indicate too few samples were taken to detect
what can be an elusive bacterium. The Louisiana Governor's Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, which is leading the joint
federal-state response, expressed concerns about "whether the organism has
escaped the compound and whether livestock and domestic animals are at
risk," in a Feb. 20 letter from the state to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. The letter formally asked the EPA for help addressing
potential soil contamination where sick macaques were housed, including with
testing and assistance "to perform soil remediation in area(s) identified as
high-risk as soon as possible to prevent further transmission/transference."
Officials at state and federal agencies responded to some questions via
e-mail but did not grant interviews. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, which is leading the investigation of the laboratory breach
because the bacterium is classified as a potential bioterror agent, said its
investigation is ongoing and that at this time "there is no known public
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New study shows
inevitability of leukemia mutations
Leukemia, one of the most common cancers associated with children, has been
shown to actually increase with age. The study, reports BBC News, was
published in the journal Cell Reports, and shows that 70% of healthy
people in their 90â€™s had genetic errors that could eventually lead to
leukemia. These numbers could even increase further as life expectancy gets
longer. These mutations have long been known to exist, but never before have
they been directly linked to aging.
This was put together by a team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute who
analyzed the blood of 4,219 elderly people. During the study, they focused
on accurately testing for errors in the DNA that are typically linked to the
blood cancers. In this way, they would notice is one blood cell in a hundred
carried such a mutation. While they did find mutations, the results were not
what they expected. The data suggests that 20% of people in their 50â€™s have
potentially cancerous mutations rising to 70% in people in their 90â€™s. This
means that a lot of people start towards developing leukemia. However, only
a few of those people actually develop the disease.
Though progression to leukemia is currently very rare, it could become more
common as people begin to live longer and longer. As of right now, one in
three girls and one in four boys is expected to live to age 100. The
researchers believe that searching the blood for such mutations may identify
people at high risk of developing leukemia who may, in the future, be
targeted with preventative therapies. This is a very important study, and
could provide ways to help with early detection for other cancers as well.
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Nearly halted in
Sierra Leone, Ebola makes comeback by sea
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone â€” It seemed as if the Ebola crisis was abating. New
cases were plummeting. The president lifted travel restrictions, and schools
were to reopen. A local politician announced on the radio that two 21-day
incubation cycles had passed with no new infections in his Freetown
neighborhood. The country, many health officials said, was â€śon the road to
Then Ebola washed in from the sea. Sick fishermen came ashore in early
February to the packed wharf-side slums that surround the countryâ€™s fanciest
hotels, which were filled with public health workers. Volunteers fanned out
to contain the outbreak, but the virus jumped quarantine lines and cascaded
into the countryside, bringing dozens of new infections and deaths.
Public health experts seem to have no doubt that the disease can be
vanquished in the West African countries ravaged by it in the last year. But
the steep downward trajectory of new cases late last year and into January
did not lead to the end of the epidemic.
In Sierra Leone, the hardest hit of the countries, the decline leveled off
in late January, and the country has reported 60 to 80 new cases weekly
since then. Guinea has experienced months of lower-level spread. Even in
Liberia, where only a handful of treatment beds remain occupied, responders
lament that a healthcare worker who recently became ill might have exposed
dozens of colleagues and patients, and that a knife fight had exposed gang
members to the blood of a man who tested positive for Ebola.
As large epidemics taper off, it is common to find new complications in the
effort to reach zero cases. â€śOftentimes we find surprises when we get to a
low level that were hidden by the epidemic itself early on,â€ť said Dr.
William Foege, a former director of the C.D.C. and a leading figure in the
eradication of smallpox. For example, health officials managed to reduce
measles drastically in the United States in the 1970s, but it took some time
before experts realized that a few travelers per week arriving from other
countries were developing the illness, continuing its spread. Importation of
measles is again a problem today, and it is suspected as a factor in the
current outbreak linked to Disneyland. Then there is polio, which experts
had resolved to eliminate globally by 2000, before wars and unexpected
resistance disrupted the plan.
Eliminating smallpox about 35 years ago required a deep understanding of the
communities in which it hid. During its last stand, in Somalia, people
obscured cases, partly out of embarrassment.
â€śI think Ebola will turn out to be the same thing,â€ť Dr. Foege said. â€śThe
surprises will not be so much scientific as cultural: the ability to hide
cases; the desire not to be identified as having Ebola or being in contact
with Ebola. Those are the things we have to find out how to overcome.â€ť
That challenge is apparent now in Sierra Leone, where the arrival of
infected mariners â€” combined with a recent easing of anti-Ebola measures,
persistent community resistance to containment measures and misunderstanding
â€” has contributed to the surge in the capital. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana
said Saturday that he had placed himself under quarantine after one of his
security officers died of Ebola.
There are various theories about how the seamen might have been infected and
how they spread Ebola to others. Some fishermen delayed reporting their
illnesses, stopping instead at an island for treatment with native herbs
before coming home to the capital. A few wharf residents who later fell ill
thought they had come into contact with contaminated bodily fluids at a
shared toilet block that was recently built in Tamba Kula by the aid group
When the cluster erupted at the wharf area â€” part of a large neighborhood
known as Aberdeen, with about 9,000 residents â€” some Ebola prevention
workers were taken by surprise because they had been continuing surveillance
efforts. Officials imposed a quarantine, prompting many fishermen to take to
the sea to avoid it. The authorities sent out word for them to return.
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WHO warns of
pandemics worse than 2009 Swine Flu outbreak
The World Health Organization has warned world governments to prepare for
future flu pandemics, which could be even worse than 2009's swine flu
outbreak. The world is highly vulnerable to a severe flu pandemic and
governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the
World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
"Nothing about influenza is predictable -- including where the next pandemic
might emerge and which virus might be responsible," the United Nations
health agency warned while noting the next pandemic could be worse than the
2009 swine flu outbreak that killed over 284,000.
This year's seasonal flu season has been bad in many parts of the world,
with Asia, the Americas and Europe reporting high levels of circulating flu
viruses and low levels of protection from vaccines that did not match the
relevant strains. The health organization is particularly concerned about
avian influenza, noting that the diversity and geographical distribution of
influenza viruses currently circulating in wild and domestic birds are
The highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus, which has been causing
poultry outbreaks in Asia almost continuously since 2003 and is now endemic
in several countries, is the influenza virus of greatest concern for human
health. Over the past two years, H5N1 has been joined by newly detected
H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, and H5N8 strains, all of which are currently circulating
in different parts of the world.
Praising virological research that had increased capability to detect,
understand and assess new viruses for pandemic risk, and to track their
international spread, the WHO noted that this has to be stepped up.
More antiviral medicines, including peramivir and laninamivir as well as
oseltamivir and zanamivir, are now available to treat influenza and reduce
the duration and severity of infection. But better vaccines and shorter
production times are required. More people would die in the three to four
months currently needed to manufacture vaccines.
The WHO has said it is "carefully watching" the current swine flu outbreak
in India. The toll in two months has crossed 1,041 with cases breaching the
19,000 mark by Saturday, 28 February. Many parts of India including Mumbai
are facing a shortage of laboratories for testing swine flu and isolation
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