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Hospira Announces New Contracts With Premier Purchasing Partners for Infusion Devices, Solutions And Equipment

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, today announced new national agreements with Premier Purchasing Partners. The multi-year contracts will provide Premier's 2,000 member hospitals with access to special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for Hospira's general-purpose medication infusion devices, related sets and disposables, along with intravenous (I.V.) solutions, nutritionals, drug-delivery and gravity administration sets. The five-year Premier agreements will be effective February 1, 2009.

"Premier shares our commitment to improving patient and caregiver safety, while reducing the high costs of healthcare," said Pete Baker, vice president and general manager, Commercial Service Operations, Hospira. "Hospira products and services are well positioned to deliver positive results in these critical areas for the Premier membership. We look forward to collaborating with Premier's member healthcare institutions to provide innovative solutions and drive results."

The new agreements include Hospira's general-purpose medication management technologies, such as the Plum A+(R) and next-generation Symbiq(R) infusion systems with Hospira MedNet(R) safety software; and pain management pumps, such as LifeCare PCA(R) with Hospira MedNet and GemStar(R) ambulatory devices. These products play a critical role in improving patient safety as well as enhancing quality of care and clinician workflow. Also covered within the agreement is access to contracts for Hospira's I.V. solutions and associated equipment portfolio, including the company's environmentally preferable VisIV(R) container. This represents the first opportunity for Hospira to offer these full product lines to Premier member healthcare institutions on contract.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 53,000-plus other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit

About Hospira

Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness(TM). As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has more than 14,000 employees. Learn more at

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