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Premier awards Smiths Medical a new three-year contract to supply implantable access systems

Smiths Medical : 12 December, 2007  (New Product)
Smiths Medical has been awarded a three-year contract with US group purchasing organisation Premier Purchasing Partners to supply its Port-a-Cath implantable access systems to Premier’s 1,700 hospitals and more than 49,000 other healthcare sites across the USA.
The contract follows on from a separate multi-million dollar award from Premier for Smiths Medical’s safety catheters earlier in 2007. Premier, which is one of the largest group purchasing organisations in the USA, has also awarded Smiths Medical contracts for its CADD ambulatory infusion pumps and tubing sets, and Gripper and Gripper Plus safety huber needles.

Smiths Medical’s Port-a-Cath implantable access systems provide a route of delivery for patients requiring long-term medications such as chemotherapy. The ports can be placed in many areas throughout the body including the chest and arm, and include a portal that is inserted under the skin and connected to a Catheter that threads into a vein.

The contract is expected to generate approximately $2 million in annual sales of Port-a-Cath systems.

Srini Seshadri, group managing director of Smiths Medical, said: “We are very pleased that our Port-a-Cath systems will now be available to Premier facilities 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 and rely on.”

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, PAS Port, and ProPort systems are recognised for their proven performance of easy insertions and easy maintenance during therapies.
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