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 News Release - November 7, 2006

Premier Purchasing Partners Announces New Agreements with Five Suppliers in Safety Phlebotomy Products Category

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for safety phlebotomy products have been awarded to Becton Dickinson and Company of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; Greiner Vacuette North America Inc. of Monroe, N.C.; Retractable Technologies Inc. of Little Elm, Texas; Smiths Medical SSC of Dublin, Ohio; and Tyco Healthcare Kendall-LTP of Chicopee, Mass.

The 36-month agreements, effective October 1, 2006, are available to both acute-care and continuum-of-care members of Premier.

Purchasing Partners is the largest unit of Premier, 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 more than 1,500 hospitals and more than 42,000 other healthcare sites. Premier helps members accelerate clinical and financial performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Source: Premier

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