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 News Release - April 9, 2010

Vitala(TM) Continence Control Device Receives 510(K) Clearance From U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Innovative Pouchless Ostomy Management System for People with a Colostomy

SKILLMAN, N.J., April 9 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(K) clearance to market Vitala™, an exceptionally innovative, non-intrusive ostomy continence control device, for people with an end colostomy.

The Vitala™ Continence Control Device allows individuals to manage their colostomy without a pouch, belt or irrigation. Indicated for use up to 8 hours, Vitala™ is a single-use, disposable disc which is worn together with the ConvaTec Natura® skin barrier (1-3/4" or 2-1/4").

This innovative pouchless ostomy device functions by sealing against the stoma to prevent release of stool while permitting gasses to vent through an integrated, deodorizing filter. When in use, stool is stored inside the body, negating the need to wear an ostomy pouch. The unique design of Vitala™ not only eliminates the need for a pouch for an extended period of time each day, it also minimizes the noise and odors that sometimes accompany pouch use. The device's discreet low profile also helps make the presence of an ostomy less noticeable.

"For people with a colostomy, Vitala™ will provide a new benchmark in ostomy management, giving them regained control, more confidence and greater freedom than ever before," said Nino Pionati, President of ConvaTec Ostomy Care. "This clearance represents a true milestone for ConvaTec and a significant leap forward for the customers we serve. Their needs inspired us to develop this breakthrough technology, to make a difference in people's lives."

A Phase II clinical trial has shown that the Vitala™ Continence Control Device is safe for use, up to 8 hours.(1) Vitala™ is recommended for use 6-12 weeks after surgery. Full product use information will be available in the package insert.

Easy to apply and remove, the Vitala™ Continence Control Device contains a built-in expandable container to prevent soiling and odor during the removal process. Vitala™ is also waterproof, so it can be worn when bathing, showering or swimming.

Currently available in select European markets, Vitala™ will be previewed to U.S. and global healthcare professionals at the upcoming WOCN/WCET Joint Meeting in Phoenix, AZ from June 12-16, 2010. Vitala™ will be introduced in the United States a few months after the meeting.

"Since ConvaTec first introduced ostomy appliances more than three decades ago, we have continually focused on finding new and better ways to help patients return to a full life after surgery," added Pionati. "Today, with Vitala™, we believe a new era in ostomy management is ready to begin."

For more information about the Vitala™ Continence Control Device, please contact the ConvaTec customer information center at 1-800-422-8811.

About ConvaTec

ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key business divisions – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care, and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support health care professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. From its headquarters in Skillman, New Jersey, the company oversees more than 8,000 employees in over 90 countries serving consumers and their health care professionals on six continents. For more information, please visit

(1) Phase II Vitala™ Wear Test. CC-0196-07-A717. July 7, 2008. Data on file, ConvaTec Inc.

Vitala is a trademark of ConvaTec Inc.

Natura is a registered trademark of ConvaTec Inc.

Source: ConvaTec

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