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In this podcast, we talk to Dan Romain, VP of global sourcing for Cardinal Health, and John Waugh, system VP of pathology and laboratory medicine for Henry Ford Health System.
Dan and John discuss how the COVID pandemic has affected the supply chain from a distributors point of view as well as how it has directly impacted hospital labs.
As a distributor, Cardinal Health has been uniquely positioned to get a bird’s eye view of the extreme fluctuations in demand for various products used for COVID testing throughout the pandemic.
As demand for various products surged beyond what was globally available and what could be produced, supply backlogs started. By July, Romain said that the backlogs for specimen collection supplies seemed to be diminishing, but were still 3 to 4 times that of anything pre-pandemic.