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In Brief: Premier

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Premier: Hospital alliance signs purchasing agreements for diagnostic products including a four-year multi-source agreement with Dade International for clinical chemistry systems and reagents. Separate agreements with Boehringer Mannheim include a four-year multi-source agreement for chemistry analyzers, reagent slides and related consumables and a four-year dual-source deal for blood glucose monitors. A four year, sole-source deal with Bayer covers diagnostic urinalysis strips. A three-year, dual-source agreement with Organon Teknika includes blood culture media and instrumentation. A three-year, dual-source agreement between Premier and Siemens Medical Systems includes mechanical ventilators and related accessories. A separate Siemens deal calls for Premier to promote Siemens ultrasound systems to its member hospitals between June 16 and Sept. 30, including "special financing programs and special extended discounts," Siemens says...

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