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Carinal Health to acquire Chloraprep to boost infection prevention portfolio

Cardinal Health : 05 March, 2008  (New Product)
Cardinal Health is to acquire the assets of privately held Enturia for $490 million in a deal that includes Enturia’s leading line of infection prevention products sold under the ChloraPrep brand name.
ChloraPrep brand products are used widely in US hospitals and surgery centres to disinfect the skin before surgical and vascular procedures to help prevent blood stream and surgical site infections, two of the most common types of health care-associated infections (HAIs) among patients.

The acquisition will complement Cardinal Health’s infection prevention offerings by adding a differentiated and proven product line to the company’s Medical Products and Technologies segment. Numerous organizations that focus on improving hospital safety have cited the active ingredient in ChloraPrep products as the clinically preferred antiseptic for preoperative skin preparation.

Cardinal Health’s infection prevention offerings range from MedMined electronic infection surveillance services that track and help manage hospital HAI rates, to medical products and surgical apparel that help providers lower infection rates.

Cardinal Health plans to accelerate sales of ChloraPrep products to both hospital and alternate-care customers through its US and international sales networks. Enturia’s product pipeline is expected to help expand the base of applications for ChloraPrep products.

“ChloraPrep products bring a new capability and platform to our infection prevention line-up,” said R Kerry Clark, chairman and chief executive offcier of Cardinal Health. “The technology is well aligned with our mission to improve patient safety. This is another good example of a tuck-in acquisition that complements our Clinical and Medical Products sector and advances our strategy to help health care providers reduce HAIs and the burden they cause to the quality and cost of care.”

Enturia was founded as Medi-Flex Hospital Products in 1985. Over the past two years, the company’s revenue has grown more than 70 percent to approximately $140 million in 2007. The company has about 600 employees in Kansas, Texas and the United Kingdom.

“We are very excited to join Cardinal Health, one of the world’s premier health care companies, and a company that shares our vision to prevent infections in hospitals around the world,” said Joe Brandmeyer, chairman and founder of Enturia. “Cardinal Health has the domestic and global infrastructure to help ChloraPrep products achieve their market potential and the financial strength to invest in continued innovation. There is also a strong cultural fit between our management teams with a shared goal of reducing infections for patients and health care providers everywhere.”
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