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CRH Medical Corporation reaches milestone in partnership program
Date:10/21/2008

VANCOUVER, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CRH Medical Corporation (CRM:TSX-V) announced today that during the past few months it has trained over 100 Gastroenterologists as part of its strategic initiative to sell the Company's patented proprietary hemorrhoid banding technology directly to physicians. The Company believes this distribution approach complements its core strategy of operating Centers for Colorectal Health where the CRH technology is administered. The Company currently operates 17 such Centers across the United States.

To achieve rapid adoption of the CRH Technology by a broad segment of the medical community, the Company developed a strategic initiative to sell the Company's patented proprietary hemorrhoid banding technology, treatment protocols, marketing and operational experience directly to physicians who see patients that may be in need of hemorrhoid treatment. By adopting the use of the CRH Technology, the physician increases practice revenues, expands the continuum of care and provides a fast, painless and permanent solution to patients. The Company's initial target for this Program is the approximately 11,000 Gastroenterologists in the U.S. who perform approximately 14 million colonoscopies each year. The Company estimates that symptomatic hemorrhoids are diagnosed in 15 - 20% of all colonoscopy patients, most of which go untreated.

Commenting on this achievement, Edward Wright CEO of CRH Medical Corporation stated, "This training milestone demonstrates the substantial demand for our technology and treatment protocol by Gastroenterologists. The Gastroenterologists and practices that have been trained are experiencing significant clinical and financial results. Although the Program is in its infancy, we are encouraged by the results and look forward to further expanding this strategy."

Dr. Steve Morris, Managing Partner of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates stated "23 of 47 Gastroenterologists in our practice have
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