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 News Release - May 30, 2007

Vidacare(R) Announces Release of Novel Bone Marrow Aspiration System for Hematology/Oncology

New Technology Designed to Improve Control While Reducing Patient Discomfort

SAN ANTONIO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Vidacare, the leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced intraosseous technology, today announced the launch of OnControl(TM) Aspiration System for hematology / oncology bone marrow aspiration procedures. With its lithium-powered EZ-IO® driver, Vidacare's system represents the first effort in decades to improve the speed, control and patient comfort of the bone marrow aspiration procedure.

Expanding upon its innovative technology combining a battery-powered drill and specialty needles to rapidly and safely access the intraosseous space, Vidacare has developed a system that significantly advances the current state-of-the-art in obtaining bone marrow aspirations from patients and donors. Necessary for the diagnosis and management of lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma and other hematological disorders, bone marrow aspiration has historically been very painful for patients. The Vidacare system enables the clinician performing the procedure to quickly and precisely enter the intraosseous space, with minimal patient discomfort.

"The bone marrow aspiration procedure has remained essentially unchanged for decades," explains Philip Faris, Jr., Vidacare's CEO and president. "Studies have shown that even with the use of local anesthesia, the majority of patients undergoing this procedure experience transient pain, which is severe in nearly 20% of patients. Our goal in developing OnControl(TM) Aspiration System was to utilize new technology to increase the efficiency of the aspiration procedure while reducing patient discomfort."

OnControl(TM) Aspiration System uses the EZ-IO lithium-powered driver, connected to a patented 15 gauge, 68 mm needle with specialized bi-beveled cutting tips. The system includes an aspiration tray designed to simplify needle set access and usage. The catheter features a standard luer-lock connector. Vidacare has created a training package designed to provide a realistic sensation of needle placement.

About Vidacare Corporation

Vidacare® is the leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced intraosseous (IO) access technology for multiple diagnostic, monitoring, and therapeutic applications. The company's initial product line, the EZ-IO® System by Vidacare, serves the emergent care industry as the world's only lithium-battery powered drill and patented needle set for gaining immediate vascular access when conventional IV access is difficult or impossible. Vidacare's OnControl(TM) suite of hematology/oncology products includes a power driver and specially-designed needle sets for bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. The OnControl(TM) Aspiration System by Vidacare represents the first in this series of products and will be commercially available in June 2007. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Vidacare was founded in 2001 and owns the exclusive rights to innovative IO technologies developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio. For more information, visit

Source: Vidacare

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