March 10, 2015
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2. The Count Down to the AHRMM15 Early Bird Deadline Has Begun – Save $200 Before May 15
Registration for AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana, is now open! Be sure to register by May 15 to get the best rates. Attend AHRMM15 to connect with more than 1,000 fellow healthcare supply chain professionals and explore the latest tools, methods, and strategies for driving clinical value, implementing innovation, and delivering operational efficiency. In addition, the award-winning AHRMM15 Exhibition will showcase the latest products, platforms, and services helping to drive healthcare innovation and cost reduction forward.
Early Bird $200 discount expires May 15!
Don't let financial constraints keep you from attending AHRMM15!
  • AHRMM members can apply for AHRMM15 Scholarships sponsored by the exhibiting companies. Applications must be received by AHRMM no later than April 3, 2015.  Review the application for the full list or requirements and considerations.
  • Use the Justification Toolkit to help you make your case and secure funding.
Download the ARHMM15 conference brochure and review the four-day program packed with more than 55 learning labs, five pre-conference, and three general sessions. 
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3. CMRP Exam Scholarship Application Deadline Friday!
AHRMM is offering scholarships for the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential.  Scholarships are available for AHRMM members to defer the cost of the CMRP exam fee, or renewal fee. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship between March 3, 2015, and March 13, 2015, will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee. This is a limited-time, exclusive offer only available to active AHRMM members who meet the CMRP eligibility requirements.
  • ALL Applicants must be active AHRMM members in good standing with the Association.
  • Applicants may not have received a CMRP Scholarship in the past 3 years (since 3/1/2012).
  • Applicants may not have received any other AHRMM scholarships within the last year, including the AHRMM14 scholarship.
  • Applicants for the exam scholarship must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the CMRP Candidate Handbook.
  • Applicants for the renewal scholarship must meet the requirements outlined in the CMRP Renewal Application. If you are taking the exam in order to renew your CMRP, you must apply for the CMRP Exam Scholarship.
Required Documents:
For more information on the CMRP credential, please visit the AHA Certification Center. CMRP exam preparation materials and resources are available on the AHRMM's CMRP Certification page.
Important Notes for all Applications:
This offer does not apply to any existing exam applications or to members who have recently become certified (or re-certified). Exam applications already submitted to AMP are not eligible for this scholarship.
Successful scholarship applicants will receive a voucher for the exam fee. Recipients must submit this voucher with the CMRP exam application to AMP before the voucher expires.
Questions about your scholarship? Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840.
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4. Only One Week Left to Register for the PPI Webinar
Health systems are continually challenged to drastically reduce Physician Preference Item (PPI) supply expenses, and the traditional methods to achieve this are no longer sustainable.  Innovative approaches to achieving PPI expense reduction is needed to truly drive operating costs down.  This live webinar provides an overview of an implemented approach to PPI, and the results achieved.
Click here for more information on this upcoming webinar and register today.
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5. Term of the Week
Clinical Indifference occurs when two products have the similar evidence based clinical outcomes permitting the choice of which product to use based on cost effectiveness
Take a moment to peruse AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Lexicon. Do you have a term to suggest to make this a more robust and valuable resource? If so, click here. We’ll provide the definition if you provide the term!
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6. FDA Issues Safety Update on Duodenoscopes
Healthcare providers should not cancel duodenoscope procedures based on the fact that one specific model made by Olympus does not have a 510(k) clearance, the Food and Drug Administration said on March 4. Olympus has a pending 510(k) application for the device (the TJF-Q180V) and continues to market the product while the application is under review, because removing the device from the market could lead to a shortage of duodenoscopes to meet U.S. clinical demand, the agency said. FDA last month issued safety recommendations to prevent possible microbial infections from reprocessed reusable duodenoscopes – flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth into the small intestine to drain fluids from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts. According to the advisory, the agency has received in the past two years 75 reports involving possible microbial transmission from reprocessed duodenoscopes, including multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. “The FDA’s analysis indicates that the reported duodenoscope-associated infections have occurred in patients who have had procedures with duodenoscopes from all three manufacturers,” the agency said. “At this time, FDA has no evidence that the lack of a 510(k) clearance was associated with the infections.”
Source: AHA News Now – March 5, 2015
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7. FDA Issues Drug Shortages App for Mobile Devices
On March 4, the Food and Drug Administration launched a mobile application for accessing information on current drug shortages and discontinuations. The app allows users to search or browse by a drug’s generic name or active ingredient, and report a suspected drug shortage or supply issue to the agency. The Drug Shortages app can be downloaded free through Apple iTunes and the Google Play store. “The FDA understands that health care professionals and pharmacists need real-time information about drug shortages to make treatment decisions,” said Valerie Jensen, associate director of drug shortage staff in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The new mobile app is an innovative tool that will offer easier and faster access to important drug shortage information.”
Source: AHA News Now – March 4, 2015
Interested in learning an overview of national trends and causes of drug shortages? Check out the AHRMM on-demand recording: Take Action to Manage Drug Shortages - Causes, Advocacy, and Tools.
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8. Medical Recalls
Hospira Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VisIV Container Due to Particulate Matter 
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced on March 5, 2015 that it will initiate a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VisIV flex container (NDC 0409-7983-25, Lot 45-110-C6, Expiry 1MAR2016) to the user level due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. The foreign particle was confirmed by Hospira as human hair free-floating within the solution.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – March 7, 2015
Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose Injection Due to Incorrect Barcode Labeling
Hospira, Inc., (NYSE: HSP) has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose, Inj., USP, 10 mg/mL (NDC: 0409-6727-23, Lot 42-120-JT, Expiry 1DEC2015) to the user level due to confirmed customer reports of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling. The barcode on the overwrap is correct; however, there is potential for the primary container barcode to be mislabeled with the barcode for Heparin Sodium 2000 USP units/1000 mL in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Inj. The product is labeled with the correct printed name on the primary container and overwrap.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – March 7, 2015
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9. Free Webinar for AHRMM Members – March 19
Presented by HFMA 
Co-sponsored by AHRMM and 
Today’s supply chain must provide end-users with actionable information to make the right supply decisions for the financial health of your organization.  This webinar reviews the industry data challenges healthcare organizations must overcome and methods to bring control to the front-end of your procurement process. Learn more about this upcoming webinar and register today.
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CT (3:00 ET, 1:00 MT, 12:00 pm PT)
Cost:  FREE
CPE: 1.5
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The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare materials management profession. Founded in 1951, AHRMM prepares its more than 4,300 members to contribute to the field and advance the profession through the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes via networking, education, recognition, and advocacy. AHRMM continues its commitment to keep members ahead of the learning curve by providing information and resources to not only assist them in their current positions, but also to prepare them for upcoming challenges and opportunities. Please email us at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840 if you need additional information on these stories or any of AHRMM's products and services.
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