Healthcare Industry News:  Smiths Medical 

Devices Group Purchasing

 News Release - November 20, 2007

Smiths Medical, Premier Sign 3-Year Contract

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Smiths Medical, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, announced today that it has been awarded a three-year contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, to offer its PORT-A-CATH® Implantable Access Systems to Premier’s 1,700 hospitals and more than 49,000 other healthcare sites. The agreement runs through October 31, 2010.

“We are very pleased that our PORT-A-CATH® systems will now be available to Premier facilities,” said Jim Stitt, President of Smiths Medical MD, Inc. in St. Paul, MN, “and we are confident that Premier will discover the same proven performance of Smiths Medical portal access systems that millions of other customers around the world have come to trust.”

Implantable access systems provide a route of delivery for patients requiring long-term medications such as chemotherapy. The ports can be placed in a variety of areas throughout the body including the chest and arm, and include a portal that is inserted under the skin and is connected to a catheter that threads into a vein. Smiths Medical offers over 40 different types and sizes of systems to meet the needs of a wide range of therapies and patient sizes. With millions of systems implanted worldwide, Smiths Medical’s PORT-A-CATH®, P.A.S. PORT®, and ProPort® systems are still known as the gold standard for their proven performance of easy insertions and easy maintenance during therapies.

Smiths Medical also provides Premier facilities with CADD® ambulatory infusion pumps and tubing sets, and GRIPPER® and GRIPPER PLUS® safety huber needles.

About Premier Inc.

Premier is a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 49,000 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 www.premierinc.com

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a supplier of specialist medical devices to global markets. Smiths Medical comprises three product groupings: Vital Care, Safety Devices and Medication Delivery & Patient Monitoring. Smiths Medical customers include hospitals and other healthcare providers worldwide. Smiths Medical employs nearly 7,500 people. For further information visit www.smiths-medical.com

About Smiths Group

Smiths is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the threat & contraband detection, medical devices, energy and communications markets worldwide. Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group employs more than 20,000 people in over 50 countries. For more information visit www.smiths.com



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