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 News Release - September 17, 2007

Dade Behring and Premier Sign Three-Year Agreement for Microbiology Products

Completes renewal of contracts for entire Dade Behring product portfolio

DEERFIELD, Ill.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Dade Behring Inc. (NASDAQ:DADE ) and Premier Inc. have announced the signing of a three-year agreement for Dade Behring's MicroScanŽ microbiology instruments and reagents. With the renewal of this microbiology contract, Dade Behring can continue to offer Premier members access to the Company's entire U.S. clinical diagnostic product portfolio.

"This agreement, along with our other previously-signed agreements, ensures our commitment to provide Premier's members with the highest quality clinical diagnostic products and also contribute to advancing patient care in their facilities," said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO, Dade Behring. "It is a pleasure to work with Premier and we are excited to continue offering our comprehensive product portfolio to their members."

Under the renewed microbiology agreement, Premier members will have access to Dade Behring's full line of MicroScanŽ microbiology instruments and reagents. Dade Behring and Premier also have agreements for the remainder of Dade Behring's products, including all core chemistry and coagulation instruments and reagents.

"Dade Behring continues to provide our members with excellent service, new product introductions and a broad-based product portfolio that reflects the immediate and future needs of the clinical laboratory," said John Biggers, Premier's group vice president of sourcing. "By providing innovative high-quality products, Dade Behring is able to help our members keep up with the demands of producing quality patient tests while contributing to their efforts to be cost efficient."

About Dade Behring

With 2006 revenue of more than $1.7 billion, Dade Behring is the world's largest company solely dedicated to clinical diagnostics. It offers a wide range of products, systems and services designed to meet the day-to-day needs of clinical laboratories, delivering innovative solutions to customers and enhancing the quality of life for patients. Additional company information is available on the Internet at

About Premier, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient

Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 47,000 other healthcare sites, Premier 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., Philadelphia, and Washington. For more information, visit

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Source: Dade Behring

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