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Smith & Nephew Awarded Patient Cleansing and Skin Care Contract with Premier

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, a leading healthcare purchasing network, has awarded a contract for patient cleansing and skin care products to the Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc., a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN; SNN).  Premier serves more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 64,000 other healthcare sites.  The three-year contract begins on June 1, 2010.  

This is the second consecutive contract between Premier and Smith & Nephew for Skin Care.  The current contract covers the SECURA™, REMOVE™, UNISOLVE™, UNICARE™, SKIN PREP™ and NO STING™ SKIN PREP products.  In addition to Skin Care, Smith & Nephew now has contracts with Premier for its NPWT, Advanced Wound Care, and Silver products.  

"This skin care contract, along with the other contracts we hold with Premier, provide us greater opportunity to help Premier members offer an integrated wound management solution, that can improve clinical outcomes and help reduce system wide risk associated with facility acquired wounds," said Tom Dugan, North American President, Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management. "Our portfolio of wound care products demonstrates the value Smith & Nephew can deliver across the continuum of care to help clinicians reduce the risk of re-admission associated with unmanaged or infected wounds."

"Premier is widely recognized for having the highest ethical standards, and for its commitment to improving healthcare quality, access, and affordability," added Mr. Dugan. "Smith & Nephew is proud to be working with such a partner."

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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business with global leadership positions in Orthopedics; including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy; including Sports Medicine; and Advanced Wound Management. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives.  The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust.  The Company operates in 32 countries around the world.  Annual sales in 2009 were nearly $3.8 billion.

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All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Smith & Nephew as of the date hereof.  All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Smith & Nephew or any person acting on behalf of Smith & Nephew are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing.  Smith & Nephew does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Smith & Nephew's expectation with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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