New Corporate Website

To better serve you, Merit Medical has developed a new corporate website that will enhance your ability to access information about Merit Medical’s business and its products.

1. Searchable catalog – Type key word searches for products and catalog items using the website Search field in the upper right corner of each page, or on the left side of the Products pages. Looking for a particular catalog number? Use the Search function.

2. Filterable catalog – On Products pages, you can filter catalog items according to criteria that interest you. For example, if you want a Performa® diagnostic cardiology catheter with only one side port, go to its page (enter the product name in the Search field), scroll down to the “Catalog” section at the bottom of the page, and set the “# Side Ports” filter to “1 Side Port.” Instead of hundreds of catalog items, you’ll see only a few that match your selected criteria.

3. Lists of videos, brochures, and instructions for use – All of our product videos, brochures, and instructions for use are available in alphabetical lists. To access the lists, go to the “Products” dropdown menu at the top of the website, and select “Videos,” “Brochures,” or “Instructions for Use.” In addition to viewing these items, you can download them from the lists.

4. Information feeds – Now you can subscribe to news and events, blog posts, announcements of newly released product videos or brochures, and career opportunities. Subscriptions are available via email or your favorite feed reader (like Google Reader). All available information feeds are listed in the “About” section of the website on the “Information Feeds” page.

5. Easily shareable product pagesProducts pages each have a “Share” link in the upper right corner. You can use the link to share the page with your colleagues via email or on a social network like Facebook or Twitter.

We’re also working on additional features that will be available in the coming weeks and months. For example, we plan to provide the ability to lookup c-codes for our products, and translate the website into Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Please let us know, in the “Comments On This Post” below or through the Contact page on the new website, what else we can do to make our website better for you. Thanks!

Lincoln Cannon
Director, Sales and Marketing Technology
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Practical Training in Vascular Interventions

I recently attended the “Practical Training in Vascular Interventions” course presented by the University of Michigan Medical School at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Kyung Cho did an amazing job instructing participants in approximately 100 procedures over the course of the week. Several of Merit Medical’s products were used throughout the course of the training, including the EN Snare® endovascular snare system. Participants practiced removing several foreign objects from the vasculature using the EN Snare endovascular snare system including IVC filters, embolization coils, and diagnostic catheter fragments.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager, Merit Medical

Thoracentesis and Paracentesis Sets (TAPS)

Merit Medical’s Thoracentesis and Paracentesis Sets (TAPS) were designed to incorporate the necessary components for centesis procedures to minimize set-up and procedure delays. Some of the components include the Valved One-Step™ centesis catheter, and for your safety, the Futura® safety scalpel and safety needles.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager, Merit Medical

Valved One-Step™ centesis catheter minimizes the chance of pneumothorax

The low profile Valved One-Step™ centesis catheter minimizes the chance of pneumothorax and fluid leakage. Once the needle is removed from the catheter, the valve in the catheter hub immediately self-closes to prevent air from entering the pleural space. In addition, the valve also prevents fluid leakage onto the patient table or floor.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager, Merit Medical

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

2011 marks the 24th straight year that Merit Medical Systems, Inc. has expanded its product offering with a pipeline full of new products and line extensions to existing products. This year we launched the ASAP® aspiration catheter in the United States (formerly only available in Europe), TRAM™ and TRAM-P™ manifold with integral transducer, the One-Step™ TAPS (Thoracentesis and Paracentesis Set), the Embosphere® microspheres with syringes made of cyclo olefin polymer (cop), and the Merit Mini Access Kits Non-Vascular (MAK-NV™) with chiba needle. The company’s product development pipeline for 2012 is filled with more than a dozen new opportunities that will help define the future of the company. Peter Drucker, who is recognized globally as the father of modern management, once said “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” We look forward to 2012 and beyond; the future looks positive with many more new products in the development pipeline.

Larry Tolman
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Double Digit Growth in U.S. Peripheral Vascular Device Market Through 2018

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is a strong participant in the transcatheter embolization market with a broad offering of calibrated, hydrophilic spheres including: Embosphere® Microspheres, EmboGold® Microspheres, QuadraSphere® Microspheres, and HepaSphere™ Microspheres. Embosphere Microspheres are indicated for embolization of symptomatic uterine fibroids, hypervascular tumors and arteriovenous malformations. The company is also sponsoring a clinical trial (HiQuality) titled “HepaSphere/QuadraSphere Microspheres for Delivery of Doxorubicin for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Cancer.”

According to a new report by iData Research, the U.S. peripheral vascular device market in 2011 is valued at over $3.8 billion. The market is expected to grow rapidly to over $7.1 billion by 2018 fueled by sales of many new products and the increased use of transcatheter embolization devices for new indications such as cancer and stroke treatment. “Transcatheter embolization devices, which are used to occlude blood flow within the vasculature, are expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the overall peripheral vascular market,” says Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData. “Their uses are going beyond the treatment of aneurysms and other arteriovenous malformations and are being used in the treatment of growths, cancers, and stroke. In particular, sales of particle embolics, which can deliver drug-coated and radiolabeled beads for targeted drug delivery and radiation therapy, are estimated to grow at double-digit rates through 2018.” (Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/11/prweb8997564.html)

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is ideally situated to capture some of the market growth resulting from the expansion of transcather embolization procedures.

Larry Tolman
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.