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 News Release - December 6, 2006

Premier Expands B. Braun Contract to Include Disposable Renal Division Products

Contract Increases B. Braun Presence in Renal Care Market, Aids Hospital Cost Containment

BETHLEHEM, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--B. Braun Medical Inc., a global leader in innovative healthcare products and services, announced today that Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, the healthcare group purchasing unit of Premier, Inc., awarded B. Braun a contract for supply of disposable renal therapy products to all U.S. Premier members. The contract, which goes into effect November 1, 2006, is an addendum to a five-year agreement encompassing all major B. Braun Medical infusion products.

The new agreement ensures Premier members will have access to B. Braun's award-winning disposable renal therapy products, including DiaLines® SAF T Bloodlines, ULTRASITE® Valve, DUOSOL(TM) CRRT Solution, and Filter Straw®, among others. The new contract for renal therapy products, valid through 2009, follows a 2004 five-year agreement which provides Premier member institutions access to all major B. Braun infusion products.

The B. Braun Renal Therapies Division (RTD) is committed to the development of new techniques and innovations for dialysis and renal replacement therapy that improve patient care and offer more ways to meet the challenging demands of nephrology. RTD provides equipment and related disposable products to treat chronic renal failure through hemodialysis, and acute kidney failure through continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The Renal Therapies Division of B. Braun has been serving the U.S. chronic and acute dialysis markets for over 10 years.

About Premier Healthcare

Serving 1,700 hospitals and 42,000 other healthcare sites, Premier Inc. is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates the nation's largest healthcare purchasing network, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, professional liability insurance companies in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

About B. Braun

Since its founding in 1839, B. Braun has built an unparalleled store of knowledge and expertise in delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs that enhance both patient and health-professional safety. Its 30,000 employees worldwide are proud of their commitment to translating customer needs into products with unmatched quality, superior technology, cost-effectiveness and environmental responsibility.

Through its "Sharing Expertise®" initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services. For more information about B. Braun or its safety healthcare products, call 800-854-6851, email us at or visit B. Braun at

Source: B. Braun Medical

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