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 News Release - February 10, 2009

B. Braun Wins Premier Contract for Full Line of Dialysis Products

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Feb. 10 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), a global leader in infusion therapy and pain management as well as a pioneer in passive safety devices and PVC-free and DEHP-free products, announced today that it has been awarded a three-year contract by Premier Purchasing Partners, LP for both hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) dialysis products.

The contract, which became effective on November 1, 2008, offers Premier members - a network of approximately 2,100 hospitals and 53,000 healthcare facilities - access to contracted pricing on B. Braun's full line of dialysis products.

"B. Braun has a long-standing relationship with Premier in other product areas," said Samuel Amory, Vice President, Medical Technology Division for B. Braun Medical Inc. "Adding renal products to B. Braun's broad offering gives Premier members a more complete solution to improve patient care. We're privileged Premier continues to look to us for an ongoing partnership."

B. Braun's dialysis product line offers a wide array of equipment and disposable products intended to help improve safety and reduce infection. By offering a comprehensive line of products, B. Braun continues to provide solutions that allow healthcare workers to tailor treatments for their patients. These products include:
  • B. Braun Diacap @ Polysulfone® dialyzers, DiaLines® bloodlines and accessories, Solcart B(TM) bicarbonate cartridges, Duosol(TM) bicarbonate dialysate solutions for CRRT, catheter injection and dead-end caps, dialyzer reuse products and many other ancillary products for providing hemodialysis and CRRT therapy.

  • B. Braun's Dialog® Plus Hemodialysis System, incorporates the latest in state-of-the-art dialysis technology while offering convenient handling in an ergonomic design. The Dialog® Plus hemodialysis system achieves an ideal balance for ease of operation with a flat screen display to facilitate fast and easy handling, a wide selection of pre-programmed and user-definable treatment profiles and offers a closed system solution for the production of ultra-pure dialysis fluid.

  • Diapact® CRRT, the continuous renal replacement therapy system, allows the user to perform a wide range of high-flow intermittent or continuous renal replacement and plasma therapies. Unique features include an integrated plate warmer for the heating of infusion and dialysate fluids and a single-load cell weighing system.
This recent agreement adds to contracts that are currently in effect between B. Braun and Premier, including one covering B. Braun's full-line of IV therapy products that began in the early fall of 2008.

About Premier Inc.

Serving more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 53,000-plus other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.

About B. Braun

B. Braun is a global leader in infusion therapy and pain management as well as a pioneer in passive safety devices and PVC-free and DEHP-free products. Every day, B. Braun employees worldwide share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance safety for patients, physicians and nurses.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare and, guided by its "Sharing Expertise" philosophy, helps today's healthcare workers address critical issues including environmental responsibility, medication errors reduction and infection prevention. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.


Source: B. Braun Medical

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