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Linda Rouse O’Neill and the $10M question

September 30, 2021

Linda Rouse O’Neill, vice president of supply chain policy and executive branch relations for the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), talks about “creative partnerships” between distributors and providers to increase inventories and identify substitutions in the face of difficult and prolonged supply chain constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She talks about how we got here – “That is a $10 million question right there” – and just how bad it is. “When you think about COVID and (the bottlenecks at) our West Coast ports – the social distancing and protocols and illness with workers – they’re struggling like every industry to balance all of that and make sure people are working, so that’s really made transportation a health care issue at this point,” she says. “I think we can all agree that we need to move those health care products in an expedited way.” 

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Linda Rouse O’Neill

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