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 News Release - July 17, 2006

Smiths Medical Wins Participation in Multi-Million Dollar Contract for Disposable Anesthesia Products

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 17 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smiths Medical, part of the global engineering business Smiths Group, announced today it has been awarded participation in a multi-million dollar agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners group purchasing organization (GPO). This three-year contract, effective August 1st of 2006 through July 31st of 2009, represents Premier's renewed commitment to purchase from Smiths Medical's Disposable Anesthesia product portfolio. This award positions Smiths Medical as a full line provider of disposable anesthesia products for the approximately 1500 acute care facilities that encompass this GPO's membership.

Smiths Medical is recognized as a leader in the supply of high quality disposable airway management products. Their comprehensive line of disposable anesthesia products includes oral airway, anesthesia masks, HMEs, breathing bags and circuits, and the worldwide market-leading carbon dioxide absorbent Sodasorb®. The Smiths Medical range of disposable anesthesia products caters to the varying needs of critical care environments and has been used for over 25 years by clinicians all over the world.

"As a result of these negotiations, Premier members will benefit from access to Smiths Medical's industry-leading disposable anesthesia products. Broad and cost-effective, our disposable anesthesia product portfolio is designed to meet the needs of clinicians, in an attempt to achieve enhanced patient outcomes," said Steve Glover, Vice President of Corporate Accounts at Smiths Medical. "We are pleased to continue our relationship with Premier and be given the chance to increase our presence within their membership. This contract represents a great opportunity for Smiths Medical to better position ourselves within the ever-growing medical device industry."

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. helps hospitals accelerate performance on both clinical outcomes and supply chain costs. Premier is a healthcare alliance entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation's leading not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. These organizations operate or are affiliated with nearly 1,500 hospitals and more than 38,500 other healthcare sites. Premier provides an array of resources supporting health services delivery, including clinical and operational comparative data applications for quality/safety performance improvement, group purchasing and supply chain services, and insurance programs. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Premier has offices in Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a clinically-focused global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices used for a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic, and surgical procedures. The company's portfolio includes airway management, pain management, temperature management, implantable access, infusion, safety I.V. catheters, critical care monitoring, and insulin delivery systems. This product range offers customers clinical and economical advantages backed by experience, innovation, and value-added services, including extensive product training and support. For more information, please visit www.smiths-medical.com.


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