B. Braun Medical Inc. Chosen by Premier for Full-Line Dual-Source Infusion Contract

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- B. Braun Medical Inc. announced today

that Premier, the nationwide alliance of over 1,500 hospitals and health

systems, selected B. Braun Medical for a full-line, dual-source infusion

contract. The five-year contract valued at $750 million annually is

effective February 1, 2004 and encompasses all major B. Braun Medical

product lines including B. Braun's key safety products.

Through this new contract, Premier members will have access to B. Braun's

award-winning, safety-engineered infusion products including the Outlook(tm)

Safety Infusion System, Introcan Safety* IV Catheter, ULTRASITE* Needle-Free

IV System, Excel* PVC-Free/DEHP-Free IV Containers, and DUPLEX* Drug

Delivery System.

"Through our partnership with Premier, we will have the ability to reach

their more than 1,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the United

States," said Caroll H. Neubauer, chairman and CEO of B.

Braun Medical Inc. "We are confident that Premier members will benefit from

access to our infusion products, which are designed to enhance both

clinician and patient safety."

"In addition to B. Braun gaining access to 1,500 of the nation's leading

health institutions and systems, Premier alliance participants will be able

to tap into our global knowledge in drug-administration safety," said Manny

Losada, senior vice president of sales for B. Braun Medical Inc. "By

evaluating our full-line of infusion products, hospital staff can learn more

about how technology can help supplement training, address nursing shortages

while providing adherence to best-practice procedures...all with a goal to

reduce medical errors."

Source: B. Braun