Ordering Supplies and Equipment


OrderingSupplies and Equipment

Itis essential to order supplies on time to reduce sourcing costs. Someorganizations offer free delivery when a customer can allow at leastmore than three days. However, late sourcing means that a clientrequires using accelerated delivery service for the product to get tothem on time. As a result, the cost of sourcing increases since thecustomer has pays for the delivery service. Second, the procurementdepartment can maintain the desired quality standard since they cancompare the service standards from different suppliers. Late orderingleaves a customer with few alternatives because they have no tie tosend the supplies back for replacing, as well as compare productsfrom varied suppliers (Monczka et al., 2011).

Controlledsubstance schedules refer to a drug category that the 1973 ControlledSubstances Act (CSA) restricts its usage. The act classifies thedrugs into five schedules that are published every year in Title 21Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) from 1308.11 to 1308.15. The USAmedical fraternity places each substance under a given classdepending on whether it has a current medical value. Besides, thepotential for causing addiction and vulnerability to being abused areother major considerations when categorizing the substances in agiven classes. CSA has divided the drug usage into five distinctcategories (Monczka et al., 2011).

ScheduleI controlled substances contains drugs that have zero known medicalvalues in the United States has a high addiction risk andvulnerability for abuse. Besides, they have no acceptable safetystandard even when they were to be used under medical supervision.Examples of these drugs include cannabis, heroin, methaqualone,lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine(&quotEcstasy&quot) and peyote. The Schedule II/IIN includes drugsthat have a high probability of abuse as well as the likelihood ofcausing physical and psychological reliance. Examples of thesesubstances include hydromorphone, amphetamine, fentanyl, narcoticssuch as codeine and opium and oxycodone. Pentobarbital,glutethimide, and amobarbital are also schedule II drugs. ScheduleIII/IIIN Controlled Substances are less likely to be abused comparedto schedule II and I substances. Schedule IIIN substances abusecauses high psychological dependence, but moderate physicaladdiction. Examples of narcotics in this category include codeinewith less than 90 milligrams per dose and buprenorphine. Othernon-narcotic substances in this category include phendimetrazine,benzphetamine, anabolic steroids, and ketamine. Schedule IVControlled Substances are less likely to be abused compared to theprevious schedules’ substances. Some drugs in this category includeclonazepam (Klonopin®), diazepam (Valium®), alprazolam (Xanax®),triazolam (Halcion®) and carisoprodol (Soma®) among others.Finally, Schedule V Controlled Substances are drugs containing smallnarcotics quantities and are less vulnerable to abuse compared todrugs in the previous schedule categories. Some drugs classified inthis class include ezogabine, cough preparations containing less than200 milligrams in every 100 gram (Blachford &amp Krapp, 2003).

TheSchedule V Controlled Substances are most likely to be prescribed forpatients working in a medical office since they have a lowprobability of causing both physical and psychological dependence. Inaddition, they have medicinal value as they are used for treatingvarious diseases.

Thecontrolled substances are supposed to be stored in a cabinet that islocked all the times. In addition, the access to the room should berestricted to a few individuals to prevent theft of the drugs. Inaddition, the room housing the cabinet, where the regulatedsubstances are stored, should be lockable to protect unauthorizedindividuals from accessing the location. Organizations that fail tofollow this precaution might lose its license to purchase and supplycontrolled substances. In addition, such organizations may also facelegal prosecution since the government stipulates that controlledsubstances should be kept in a safe room with high security andlimited to the least professionals possible (Blachford &amp Krapp,2003).


Monczka,R., Handfield, R., Giunipero, L. &amp Patterson, J. (2011).Purchasingand Supply Chain Management.Cengage Learning.

Blachford,S., &amp Krapp, K. M. (2003). Drugsand controlled substances: Information for students.Detroit: Thomson/Gale.

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