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How tech-enabled food service can make patients happier

How tech-enabled food service can make patients happier

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 24, 2016

Hospitals are increasingly investing in modernizing their food-service systems. Shore Medical Center says the technology is a factor in a 10% improvement in its Press Ganey patient-satisfaction scores and credits the system with saving about $25,000 yearly because of less food waste.

Extending EpiPen shelf life could be a relief for patients, costly for Mylan

Extending EpiPen shelf life could be a relief for patients, costly for Mylan

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 22, 2016

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's recent announcement that Mylan is looking to extend the shelf life of the EpiPen could be a relief for patients, but a costly move for Mylan since it may take significant research and development to change epinephrine, the drug inside the EpiPen.

Report finds medical products influence patient satisfaction

Report finds medical products influence patient satisfaction

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 15, 2016

Patient satisfaction isn't just about the way patients are treated by physicians and staff. The equipment and products used in healthcare facilities can have a significant impact on patient opinion, according to an industry report.

Hospital ORs may waste millions a year in disposable medical supplies

Hospital ORs may waste millions a year in disposable medical supplies

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 07, 2016

Operating rooms produce on average more than 2,000 tons of waste per day, and a significant portion of that waste is from disposable medical supplies. A recent study found that on average $968 worth of disposable medical supplies in the operating room are wasted per procedure.

FDA extends UDI deadline for certain kits and repackaged devices

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 07, 2016

Following pressure from distributors, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it would extend a deadline for firms to comply with new labeling guidelines for prepackaged kits and repackaged single-use devices.

Blog: Mylan's sudden plans for a generic EpiPen

Blog: Mylan's sudden plans for a generic EpiPen

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 31, 2016

Mylan made a somewhat surprising announcement Monday that it would launch a generic version of its EpiPen in several weeks and sell it for half the list price of its branded product. So where have those plans been for the decade it's been selling the product?

Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

By Associated Press  |  August 29, 2016

Mylan will start selling a cheaper version of its EpiPen after absorbing waves of criticism over a list price for the emergency allergy treatment that has grown to $608 for a two-pack, making it unaffordable for many patients without insurance or with high-deductible coverage.

EpiPen price backlash comes as consumers pay greater share

EpiPen price backlash comes as consumers pay greater share

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 25, 2016

The controversy surrounding Mylan's EpiPen pricing suggests drugmakers have been slow to adapt to an environment in which millions of Americans must pay thousands of dollars out of pocket before their coverage kicks in.

Premier Q4 profits decline amid workforce shake-up

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 24, 2016

Healthcare group purchasing and services company Premier reported a slight decrease in fourth-quarter profit due to severance-related costs in its data software and consulting division.

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