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B. Braun Wins Third Consecutive Safety IV Catheters Contract Award from Premier, Inc.
Date:10/20/2010

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun) today announced its latest contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, the group purchasing unit of Premier, Inc., which will provide Premier's members – a network of approximately 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000 other healthcare facilities – with the continued benefit of B. Braun's comprehensive portfolio of IV therapy products and solutions at specially terms.

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The three-year agreement went into effect on October 1, 2010 and stands to reinforce the strength of the relationship B. Braun has built with Premier over the years. This is B. Braun's third contract renewal, amounting to a total of 6 years of partnership.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Premier in an effort to improve patient care and safety within the medical device industry," said Tom Sutton, Vice President of Vascular Access & IV Systems for B. Braun Medical Inc. "We attribute this win to the strength of our proven, truly passive safety technology."

B. Braun's Introcan Safety® IV Catheter – the product in which this contract is focused – is designed with a unique passive safety feature that automatically activates to help minimize accidental needle-stick injuries.  

To further reinforce the need for the use of passive safety devices, B. Braun points to a recent landmark study of 22 million safety devices – the first head-to-head comparison of safety-engineered devices by safety technology type conducted by GERES (Groupe d'Etude sur le Risque d'Exposition des Soignants) – which concluded that passive safety engineered devices are more effective than active devices for needlestick injury (NSI) prevention. Fully automatic or passive safety devices, such as the B. Braun Introcan Safety® IV Catheter, require the least manipulation to cover the needles and therefore have the lowest injury rate.

About Premier Inc.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and nearly 70,000 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. For more information, visit http://www.premierinc.com.

About B. Braun

B. Braun is a leading manufacturer of infusion therapy and pain management products with an environmentally-friendly focus. Guided by the company's "Sharing Expertise®" philosophy, B. Braun addresses the critical issues of infection prevention, medication safety and environmental responsibility by promoting best practices that help clinicians reduce medication errors, prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and achieve sustainability objectives.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun employees share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance the safety of patients and healthcare professionals. For more information, call 800-227-2862, email us at inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.


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