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I-Flow LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company Announces Agreement for ON-Q® Products With HealthTrust Purchasing Group

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- I-Flow announced today that the company has been awarded a national purchasing agreement by HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P. (HealthTrust), a healthcare group purchasing organization (GPO). The agreement covers I-Flow's flagship ON-Q® products for incisional, nerve block and trauma use, including ON-Q® C-bloc®, ON-Q® PainBuster®, ON-Q® SilverSoaker™ Catheters and ON-Q® disposable and fluid tunnelers.  The new agreement became effective October 1, 2011 and will replace the two agreements I-Flow currently holds with HealthTrust.

"To become a HealthTrust vendor, prospective suppliers must meet stringent criteria and adhere to the GPO's high industry standards," said Chris Barys, General Manager of I-Flow.  "For I-Flow to be awarded this agreement by HealthTrust, shows great confidence from the GPO in our ability to continue to provide our market leading pain management products, while providing excellent customer service to its 1,400 member hospitals. We are proud to be selected again by HealthTrust to supply our products that optimize patients' post-surgical recovery and improve clinical outcomes."

About HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P.

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is a group purchasing organization that supports 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as nearly 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites. With an annual purchasing volume by its members of more than $18.1 billion, HealthTrust is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery and continuously evaluating, and improving its services to the patients, physicians and clinicians it serves. For more information, visit

About ON-Q®

The ON-Q® Pain Relief System provides continuous infusion of a local anesthetic at or near the patient's surgical site for effective, non-narcotic post-surgical pain relief for days, getting patients back on their feet faster. It reduces patients' need for narcotics and decreases the potential for breakthrough pain. The system is simple, yet elegant and requires little management or intervention by the patient or caregiver. The device is completely portable and can be carried in a pouch or attached to a patient's clothing.

About I-Flow

I-Flow LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company, is a leader and innovator in pain management and drug delivery technology for physicians and their patients. I-Flow's suite of pain management products, led by its flagship line, the ON-Q® Pain Relief System (ON-Q), provides reliable and simple non-narcotic, regional anesthesia therapies that are redefining post-surgical recovery by eliminating many of the side effects customarily associated with narcotics. Clinical studies have shown that patients who receive ON-Q products generally get back to normal faster after surgery, which results in shorter hospital stays, reduced costs and higher patient satisfaction. More than 3 million patients have enjoyed more comfortable recoveries with the ON-Q brand.

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SOURCE I-Flow LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company
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