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Devices Group Purchasing

 News Release - October 4, 2007

New Contracted Supplier Added to Premier's New Safety IV Catheter Agreements

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced that B. Braun Medical Inc. of Bethlehem, Pa., has been awarded a new agreement for safety IV catheters, joining BD of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Smiths Medical ASD Inc. of Keene, N.H., whose agreement awards were previously announced.

Effective October 1, 2007, the agreements offer discounted pricing on safety IV catheters to all acute and continuum of care members of the Premier alliance.

About Premier Inc., 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 one of the nation's largest healthcare purchasing networks, 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

Source: Premier Purchasing

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