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ARKRAY Awarded Blood Glucose Meters Agreement With the Premier Healthcare Alliance for Non-Acute Members

EDINA, Minn., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ARKRAY announced today that it has been awarded a 22-month contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., the group purchasing unit of the Premier healthcare alliance, for the Continuum of Care. The new agreement allows all Premier Continuum of Care members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for ARKRAY's Blood Glucose Meters and Reagents, Consumables and Service.

"We're very excited about ARKRAY's agreement with Premier,"  said Jonathan Chapman, President of ARKRAY USA, Inc. "Our GLUCOCARD® and ASSURE® Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems offer high performance standards.  Our meters are equipped with multiple options for both full featured individual use blood glucose meters as well as professional grade blood glucose meter systems."  Chapman concluded, "ARKRAY is dedicated to continuously upgrading its products and services. Our ongoing mission is to always be responsive to our patients and take the lead in making our brands more accurate, more user friendly, and more affordable while providing exceptional customer support."

GLUCOCARD branded products are backed by ARKRAY's unique GLUCOCARD YouChoose™ Wellness & Support Program, a free comprehensive education and support system that includes printed tools, videos, recipes and an integrated website designed to help patients manage their diabetes.  Likewise, the Assure Blood Glucose Meter family is backed by the Assure® Brilliance Program, a comprehensive service and support program to assist multi-patient healthcare facilities with diabetes management.

About the Premier Healthcare Alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000 other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington.

About ARKRAY USA, Inc.

ARKRAY manufactures and distributes high-quality, cost-effective products that are simple, convenient, and easy-to-use, including blood glucose meters, test strips, safety lancets, and urine chemistry. ARKRAY invests heavily in R&D and has a strong commitment to high-quality products. For patients, this means access to cutting-edge, reliable products without sacrificing quality, and exceptional customer service.  ARKRAY, is the leader in the Long Term Care blood glucose market and is one of the few diabetes testing companies in the U.S. market today that undertakes in-house each step of the development process to bring products to market.

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