Corpak Acquires Merck Serono’s Uk Gastroenterology Sales And Distribution Operation

Bolton alcohol care team in running for national award

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Merck Serono had previously served as CORPAK’s distribution partner for the region. “The acquisition of the Merck Serono gastroenterology business strengthens our presence in Europe and our direct operation will support high levels of customer service and continued growth,” says Tom Kuhn, President of CORPAK. “I would like to thank the employees at Merck Serono for their support in building the CORPAK business in the UK and Republic of Ireland.” “The gastroenterology business is a strong and growing operation in the UK and Ireland, but Merck Serono has made a strategic decision to focus on our core pharmaceutical business,” explains Charles Dring, Commercial Director of Merck Serono Limited. “We have been working very closely with CORPAK to make the transition as seamless as possible for our customers.” There will be no change to the product range and all CORPAK products will continue to be available on the current codes and prices. The acquisition keeps relationships with existing sub-distributors unchanged. “We are especially pleased to be able to welcome the gastroenterology employees from Merck Serono to the CORPAK family,” says Jeff Blair, CEO of CORPAK. “We are confident that the UK and Ireland team will continue the history of excellence and dedication that has benefitted our customers in the past.” “This acquisition represents an important step in expanding our international presence and we look forward to continuing to provide our innovative, quality products to the European market,” added Eric Larson, Chairman of the CORPAK Board. CORPAK MedSystems UK ( ) Tel: +44 (0) 129 380 4769 Fax: +44 (0) 129 380 4770 E-mail: About CORPAK MedSystems, Inc. ( ) CORPAK MedSystems, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative medical devices focused on the enteral-feeding and bedside-location markets, including the company’s flagship CORTRAK computer-guided system that enables real-time visualization of the feeding-tube tip during placement. The company has established the leading market position in premium branded, adult, long-term nasogastric feeding tubes and offers a broad portfolio of other high-quality enteral products, including gastrostomy feeding tubes, gastric-pressure relief devices, and enteral-feeding safety devices. Founded in 1979, CORPAK was acquired by Linden Capital Partners in August 2008 from Cardinal Health. The company has recently moved to a new state-of-the-art facility just north of Chicago in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Mergers, Acquisitions & Takeovers

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The team, which was launched 24 years ago, has celebrated a number of successes including saving the trust 250,000 annually by introducing specialist alcohol nurses. It has also reduced mortality rates by five per cent by having daily consultant ward rounds. Dr Kieran Moriarty, consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Royal Bolton Hospital, said: Winning would be a stimulus to people. Recognition is always a nice thing. The alcohol care team is the best example of the invest to save strategy in the NHS. The alcohol nurses pay for their salary five to 10-fold in reducing admissions and improved quality of care. The local authority, public health, the clinical commissioning group and the trust are committed to delivering liver as well as alcohol care. In particular they are looking to provide care to patients locally with hepatitis C and B. In the past, these patients had to go to Manchester for treatment and many failed to attend. We are currently looking to appoint more liver and alcohol specialist nurses to develop viral hepatitis care as well as alcohol care in Bolton. The team has the backing of Dr Stephen Liversedge, a leading Bolton general practitioner, who is a world leader in health screening. He introduced questionnaires for patients at all practices in the borough to gauge how much alcohol people are drinking and to support those drinking to excess. Dr Moriarty said: Our patients, families and carers are a constant source of inspiration. “Specialist alcohol care can pull people back from the brink of the most devastating consequences of alcohol misuse, restore their self-respect and return them to their families and communities. The team has received more than 100 accolades and awards since it was launched in 1990.

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