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Shortage of TB drugs in India – a major producer of these drugs

An article in the Wall Street Journal (June 6,2013) describes severe shortages of tuberculosis (TB) drugs in India, a country that is a major producer of TB drugs. TB kills a significant number of Indians and the government has been … Continue reading

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Should the US restrict LNG exports to assist higher margin plastics exports ?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (June 3,2013) describes efforts by chemical companies like Dow Chemicals to argue against US exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) given the abundance of natural gas in the US. These chemical companies produce polymers and plastics … Continue reading

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Quicksourcing – using manufacturing in Tijuana to support design in the US

An opinion piece in the New York Times (January 26,2013) by Chris Anderson describes his company, 3D Robotics, that has a factory in San Diego and another in Juarez, 20 minutes away but across the border in Mexico. He describes … Continue reading

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Aravind Eye Hospital’s “maximize patients” to reduce costs strategy

An article in the New York Times (January 17, 2013) describes the Aravind Eye Hospital in India, where patients pay whatever they can afford but are provided high quality care regardless of payment. While a patient with no money might … Continue reading

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The supply chain impact of shutting down the Federal Helium stockpile

An article in the Wall Street Journal (August 11, 2012) describes a plan to shut down crude helium reserves currently held by the US government that satisfy 33% of the world demand. Given that US pricing focuses on covering debt … Continue reading

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Should oil field truckers have special rules even if they cause accidents ?

An article in New York Times (May 14, 2012) described exemptions for oil field truckers that lets them take 24 hours off for 60 hours of work over seven consecutive days vs 34 hours for commercial truckers. This exemption was … Continue reading

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Momentum Accounting and supply chain impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Sept 27, 2011) described a “momentum accounting” decision by Diamond Foods to pay walnut growers about 25 cents a pound or more. The company described it as an attempt to maintain profitability of … Continue reading

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In Alabama -conflict between competitive agricultural products and strict immigration laws

An article in bloombergbusinessweek (Nov 14,2011) describes the impact of stricter immigration laws in Alabama – the near disappearance of workers from Guatemala who worked in the tomato fields and fish processing plants. ¬†Given retail competition from importers who pay … Continue reading

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Drug Shortages in the US – other issues

An article in the Economist (Sept 3, 2011, pg 29) describes the increase in drug shortages from 58 drugs in 2004 to 211 in 2010 and 198 by Sept 2011.¬† Most of these drugs are generics whose prices are set … Continue reading

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Smithsonian and “Made in America” requirements

An article in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/smithsonians-made-in-america-mandate-not-easy-to-achieve/2011/04/13/AFFA2RqD_story.html?utm_source=eMail_OMNow_utm_medium=eMail_utm_campaign=OMNow__2011422) describes the impact of a “Made in America” requirement, spurred by Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep Nick Rahall, to require the Smithsonian to sell only products made in America in its gift shops. … Continue reading

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