July 2, 2008

B. Braun and HPG Sign for Advanced Patient Safety

Helping to advance patient safety, B. Braun Medical Inc. recently announced it has entered into two contract agreements with HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HPG). Under the agreements, HPG's more than 1,300 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care hospitals will benefit from the advanced safety and efficiency of B. Braun's PINNACLE(R) TPN Management System and products from B. Braun's broad portfolio of pharmacy solutions.

"We pride ourselves on delivering advanced, quality products that enhance safety and efficiency, and are cost-effective," said Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, B. Braun. "We are confident that HPG's customers will benefit from this partnership and access to B. Braun's unique PINNACLE(R) TPN Management System."

B. Braun will provide its PINNACLE(R) TPN Management System to HPG members. The award-winning PINNACLE(R) TPN Management System is a medical device that helps improve patient safety and compounding efficiency when pharmacies mix intravenous (IV) formulations. The system controls the precise, individualized creation of IV formulations using dextrose, amino acids, electrolytes and lipids for patients unable to tolerate oral intake of nutrients or who rely on tube feeding for sustenance. The built-in safety check software and barcoding features help ensure that the right nutrition solutions reach the correct patient.

B. Braun also has signed a separate two-year contract agreement with HPG for its Pharmacy Products. From the pharmacy to the patient, B. Braun brings efficiency and safety to pharmacy admixture with its line of trusted, innovative solutions. With the Pharmacy agreement, HPG members will have access to products from B. Braun's comprehensive portfolio of pharmacy solutions including dispensing pins, vacuum transfer tubes, backcheck valves, fluid transfer sets, vented needles, base and specialty nutrition as well as dual chamber bags.

About HPG

HealthTrust Purchasing Group is a healthcare group purchasing organization. Established in May 1999, they are committed to superior patient care delivered through national contracts negotiated with market-leading suppliers for clinically recommended products and services at competitive prices. HealthTrust's membership has tripled since its inception in 1999 and they now support over 1,300 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care hospitals, including HCA, Triad, HMA, Community Health Systems and Lifepoint, as well as over 3,000 ambulatory surgery centers, alternate care sites and physician practices. Annual combined purchasing volume is more than $13 billion with double-digit annual percentage growth expected.

About B. Braun

B. Braun is the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Medical Technology Global Excellence Award for its excellence in helping healthcare providers improve the lives of their patients. B. Braun has achieved "Best in KLAS" for Smart Pump Technology in *KLAS's 2007 Year End Report.

Since its founding in 1839, the 35,000 worldwide employees of the B. Braun Group of Companies have built an unparalleled store of knowledge and expertise in delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs that enhance working processes in hospitals, alternate care settings and medical practices - increasing safety for patients, doctors and nurses.

Through its "Sharing Expertise(R)" initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services. For more information about B. Braun or its safety healthcare products, call 800-854-6851, email [email protected] or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.

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