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MUNDELEIN, Ill Consorta, Inc., a leading healthcare resource management and group purchasing organization, has awarded Medline Industries, Inc., a sole source agreement for traditional wound care products. The three-year agreement, valued at more than $18 million, will provide wound care products at significant savings to Consortas membership of more than 2000 healthcare facilities in the U.S. Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the country. The agreement solidifies Medlines position as the second leading provider of traditional wound care products to the U.S. health care marketplace with a 23 percent share of the market.
The agreement, which begins Jan. 1, 2005, covers a multitude of products, including a variety of gauze sponges, abdominal (ABD) pads and gauze bandages used in practically every type of patient care procedure.
In addition, Medline has a similar contract with Consortas largest member, Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S. The agreement is part of Consortas Custom Contracting Program.
To assist facilities in the conversion to its products, Medline has more than 700 sales representatives as well as on-staff clinical specialists and registered nurses, who also consult on and implement standardization and utilization programs. Medline also offers continuing education programs free of charge to their medical staff.
Source: Medline Industries, Inc.