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BETHLEHEM, Pa. Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun) today announced its latest contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, the group purchasing unit of Premier, Inc., which will provide Premier's members – a network of approximately 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000 other healthcare facilities – with the continued benefit of B. Braun's comprehensive portfolio of IV therapy products and solutions at specially terms.

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The three-year agreement went into effect on October 1, 2010 and stands to reinforce the strength of the relationship B. Braun has built with Premier over the years. This is B. Braun's third contract renewal, amounting to a total of 6 years of partnership.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Premier in an effort to improve patient care and safety within the medical device industry," said Tom Sutton, Vice President of Vascular Access & IV Systems for B. Braun Medical Inc. "We attribute this win to the strength of our proven, truly passive safety technology."

B. Braun's Introcan Safety® IV Catheter – the product in which this contract is focused – is designed with a unique passive safety feature that automatically activates to help minimize accidental needle-stick injuries.  

To further reinforce the need for the use of passive safety devices, B. Braun points to a recent landmark study of 22 million safety devices – the first head-to-head comparison of safety-engineered devices by safety technology type conducted by GERES (Groupe d'Etude sur le Risque d'Exposition des Soignants) R

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