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 News Release - January 3, 2007

Hospitals, Healthcare Providers to Save with Premier Contrast Media, Injectors, Radiopharmaceutical Products and Distribution Agreements

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for contrast media, contrast media injectors and disposables, and radiopharmaceutical products and distribution.

New contracts have been awarded to:

  • Mallinckrodt Inc., a Tyco Healthcare Company, of St. Louis, for ionic/non-ionic and barium contrast media;
  • Berlex, Inc., of Wayne, N.J., and Mallinckrodt for magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media;
  • Mallinckrodt and Medrad, Inc., of Indianola, Pa., for contrast media injectors and disposables; and
  • Mallinckrodt for radiopharmaceutical products and distribution.

"The new portfolio features contracts and products with market-share leading suppliers that offer considerable savings opportunities to Premier members in this fast growing market," said Mike Georgulis, Purchasing Partners vice president, sourcing.

Georgulis noted that the agreement for radiopharmaceutical distribution offers "enhanced product coverage and service capabilities" as a result of Mallinckrodt's extensive distribution network, which in addition to Mallinckrodt's own radiopharmacies, includes pharmacies owned by Cardinal Health and selected GE Healthcare pharmacies.

A Premier contrast media task force studied various alternatives in the portfolio for nearly a year.

These 36-month contracts, effective January 1, 2007, are available to the acute care and continuum of care markets.

About Premier, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 43,000 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, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington. For more information, visit

Source: Premier Purchasing

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