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July 25th, 2012

Aprima™ Launch Brings Advanced Technology to Cook Medical Line of lnterventional Radiology Products

Bloomington, Ind. — Reinforcing its commitment to advancing the field of interventional radiology (IR), Cook Medical today announced general availability of the Aprima™ Access Nonvascular Introducer Set, the first product in the Aprima drainage portfolio. It is a nonvascular access set used for single-puncture percutaneous access to facilitate placement of a working wire guide for IR procedures.

Key to the performance of the Aprima Access product platform is the transitionless design of the sheath and the introducer. The Transitionless-Tip™ is designed to help interventional radiologists streamline access and reduce the risk of patient trauma by substantially reducing any major resistance that could make insertion difficult. 1

‘Cook was among the first to create drainage products specifically engineered to meet the needs of interventional radiologists,’ said Dan Sirota, vice president and global leader of Cook Medical’s lnterventional Radiology and Critical Care divisions. ‘Decades of collaborating with physicians to provide these solutions have given Cook a deep understanding of patient and physician needs in this market. This knowledge has helped Cook continue to advance the technology needed for every drainage procedure.’

The set’s design is highly radiopaque along the entire shaft including the distal tip to provide visibility under fluoroscopy after placement. The set also includes a hydrophilic-coated coaxial introducer, which works with the Transitionless-Tip to ease placement for drainage access. Physicians purchasing the complete set also have a choice of two Echo Tip® needles designed for optimal ultrasound visibility.

Designed to accommodate physician preference, the complete Aprima Access Set options include a choice of two types of Echo Tip echogenic access needles, two types of wire guides and the hydrophilic-coated coaxial introducer. The Aprima Access Set is currently available to customers in the United States and Canada.

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1 Cook data on file.