ReSolve® Locking Drainage Catheter

I am extremely happy to announce two new improvements to our ReSolve® Locking Drainage Catheter.

1. The tip of the catheter will be positioned within the pigtail curl to minimize tissue irritation that may be caused by the catheter tip.

2. Non-radiopaque depth markers have been added to the catheter shaft to aid in placing the catheter.

The non-radiopaque depth markers will be helpful for clinicians using the trocar technique for placement into fluid collections such as abscess, nephrostomy and cysts. Clinicians will be able to use the depth markers as a guide for determining where the catheter is in relation to the fluid collection during placement.

After placement, the non-radiopaque depth markers may be used by patients and caregivers as a reference for the correct depth positioning of the catheter.

The catheters are available in 15 cm, 25 cm and 40 cm lengths to facilitate catheter placement using different imaging modalities and fluid collections of varying depths.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Merit Medical 2012: A Year of Accomplishments

As the year comes to a close, I am looking back on 2012 and realizing what an amazing year it has been for Merit Medical. Here are a few of our accomplishments in 2012:

Positive Sales Growth
2012 not only marked Merit’s 25th anniversary, but also 25 straight years of positive sales growth. This is impressive considering how much the struggling economy has impacted many medical device companies in our space. We’re very proud of that.

New Products
The company continues to launch new products, which it has done every year since its founding in 1987. In 2012 we introduced the Blue Diamond™ digital inflation device, the BowTie™ guide wire insertion device, the EndoMAXX® fully covered esophageal stent, and the ONE Snare™ endovascular snare system. We also received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market the Merit Laureate® hydrophilic guide wire in the United States.

New Product Acquisitions, Alliances and Distribution Agreements
In January, we purchased the Ostial PRO® stent positioning system. In February, we signed a distribution agreement for the Clo-Sur PLUS P.A.D.™ antimicrobial pressure applied device. In September, we purchased the Centros® long-term hemodialysis catheter (and added the CentrosFLO® long-term hemodialysis catheter). In November, we purchased the Flex-Neck® peritoneal dialysis catheter and related products. Recently we announced that Merit entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement to acquire Thomas Medical, Inc. from GE Healthcare, adding products that are recognized as “gold standard” by many of the leading cardiac rhythm management (CRM) and electrophysiology (EP) market participants.

New Facilities
By the end of the year Merit will complete the construction of a new 255,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, finished goods warehouse and manufacturing facility in South Jordan. We also announced a new R&D facility in Pearland, Texas – a 118,000 square-foot, two-story facility. We completed the expansion of our “Vision Facility” in Galway, Ireland for the assembly of custom procedure packs in Europe.

New Employees
We’re doing our part to help the global economy through the creation of jobs. At the end of 2011, Merit employed about 2,400 employees worldwide, at the end of 2012 we employ more than 2,600 talented people who will help us grow in the future.

New Year
2012 was truly a great year for Merit, but 2013 looks even brighter! Each year we look forward to establishing annual priorities that will help us better serve our customers and further our mission and goals. I’m optimistic about what the New Year holds for our company and for our customers!

Larry Tolman, Vice President, Business Analytics

Merit Laureate® Hydrophilic Guide Wire and EN Snare® Endovascular Snare System Product Demonstrations Generate Interest at the 2012 TCT Meeting in Miami

The 2012 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Meeting took place Oct. 23-25 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Merit Medical’s booth was a frequently visited destination at the meeting. While many attendees enjoyed Merit Medical’s complimentary BowTie™ Guide Wire Insertion Device slush drink bar, the Merit Laureate, ONE Snare™*, EN Snare, Ostial PRO®, as well as the Radial Approach product demonstrations were the real draw.

Hands-on demonstrations of products provided attendees the opportunity to insert the Prelude® Sheath Introducers and to apply the Finale® Radial Compression Device on an anatomical model. The anatomical discovery models allowed attendees to see and feel the exceptional torque control and turn-for-turn responsiveness of the Merit Laureate Hydrophilic Guide Wire. The ONE Snare Single Loop Snare and the EN Snare Triple Loop Snare were demonstrated on a new discovery model with dual image screens and was a very popular demonstration.

Attendees showed a lot of interest in the Ostial PRO Stent Positioning System. This guide wire system is designed to provide consistent and precise stent placement in aorta-ostial lesions during coronary or peripheral interventional procedures.

Merit Medical had a great show and we are looking forward to continuing to provide product innovations and accessories designed to enhance the practice of interventional cardiology.

Patty Jabotte
Marketing Communications Manager

*510(k) Pending

Happy Thanksgiving From Merit Medical – Thank You for Being Part of Our World

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Merit would like to sincerely thank our investors, customers, vendors, employees and our wonderful friends worldwide. The company exists and is growing because of you!

John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” It is interesting to note that in many Latin languages “Happy Thanksgiving Day” is translated as a day of thankful “action.”

“¡Felíz día de Acción de Gracias!” (Spanish)
“Feliz dia de Ação de Graças!” (Portuguese)
“Bonne fête de l’Action de Grâces !” (French)

May our actions as a company always exemplify an attitude of gratitude for your contribution to our success!

Larry Tolman
Vice President, Business Analytics
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Introducing Merit Medical’s CentrosFLO® Chronic Dialysis Catheter Designed by Dr. Stephen Ash

Merit Medical is thrilled to announce the addition of the NEW CentrosFLO long-term hemodialysis catheter to its dialysis catheter line. This unique design features unique, preshaped, curved tips that automatically center the catheter ports within the middle of the vessel.

“The outward-curved limbs contact only one or two points within the lower SVC, minimizing the irritation of the SVC versus long straight-tip catheters,” Dr. Ash explained. The distal tip of the catheter has a unique curved configuration that keeps the ports of the catheter centered and away from vessel walls.

Initial in vitro bench testing showed minimal recirculation rates of less than 1% and flow rates well within the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Guidelines. The CentrosFLO can be placed through a split sheath introducer or over-the-wire to suit your specific insertion needs. A unique, non-barbed tunneler is included in the CentrosFLO.

The CentrosFLO is a tremendous addition to Merit Medical’s dialysis catheter and accessory product offering and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to market this new line!

The NEW CentrosFLO – Centered on Performance

To find out more about the CentrosFLO long-term hemodialysis dialysis catheter, please call Merit Medical Customer Service at 1-800-35-MERIT.

Lynette Torman
Senior Product Manager

Merit Medical Makes InformationWeek List of Top Technology Innovators

As the Director of Sales & Marketing Technology at Merit, I’m proud to announce that Merit Medical was ranked 195 out of 500 companies on the InformationWeek 500 Top Technology Innovators. This annual list identifies the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. InformationWeek tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of America’s best-known companies.

We earned this recognition for our work developing, implementing and integrating state-of-the-art web and mobile systems for marketing disposable medical devices for use in interventional radiology and cardiology. Our innovations include:

• A new company website, including an online catalog, blogs and award-winning product videos for HepaSphere™ Microspheres and the Blue Diamond™ digital inflation device among others.

• Custom mobile applications, including native iPad and iPhone apps and cross-platform HTML5 apps such as the EN Snare® endovascular snare system snare size selection chart.

• Cloud architecture with software services, including Amazon Web Services,, Google Apps, and eLeaP training, secured with Symplified single sign-on and unified with mashups.

• Social media outreach through a YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter feed, LinkedIn group, and Scribd library.

Learn more about the ranking by clicking on the following link:

Lincoln Cannon
Director, Sales & Marketing Technology

Merit Medical to Exhibit at AIM VEITH in New York, November 14-17, 2012

Merit Medical is looking forward to exhibiting its innovative line of interventional radiology products when the Advanced Interventional Management (AIM) Symposium and VEITHsymposium™ are held in New York.

AIM is holding its 20th annual symposium on issues and techniques in interventional radiology and endovascular therapy. The VEITHsymposium™ provides Vascular Surgeons and Vascular Specialists the latest dialogue in clinical practice and research.

Merit Medical will be offering attendees hands-on demonstrations of the Merit Laureate® hydrophilic guide wire where physicians can experience true 1:1 torque.

Merit Medical will also highlight its suite of evidence-backed embolization products: Embosphere®, EmboGold®, and QuadraSphere® Microspheres, Merit Maestro® and EmboCath® Plus Microcatheters. The Tenor® and Sequitor® Steerable Guide Wires round out a portfolio that offers exceptional delivery systems for controlled, selective embolization.

On behalf of Merit Medical, I hope you’ll come to booth WP5 to learn more about our complete line of high quality interventional devices and accessories.

Sandra Anderson
Senior Product Manager

MAK-NV™ (Mini Access Kit Non-Vascular) Video Highlights Clinical Benefits of its Introducer System

I am pleased to announce the release of the MAK-NV Introducer System video.

Abscess, nephrostomy, biliary, cyst and other drainage procedure delays are often caused by:

· Introducer tip peelback,
· The inability to determine the exact location of the introducer tip, and
· Difficulty visualizing the needle tip.

The video highlights the clinical benefits offered by the MAK-NV introducer’s smooth transitions and radiopaque marker tip, as well as the MAK-NV needle’s echo-enhancement. The smooth transitions allow the MAK-NV Introducer System to track over the guide wire smoothly to minimize catching on tissue causing introducer peelback. The radiopaque marker tip on the introducer and echo-enhancement on the needle offer good visualization in the patient for accurate placement.

Visit to view the MAK-NV Introducer System video and for more information about our line of drainage products , which includes the ReSolve® drainage catheters, Revolution™ and StayFIX® catheter securement devices, Merit Drainage Depot™ drainage bag, and VacLok® vacuum pressure syringes.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Having Options Matters

A recent survey conducted by Merit Medical, found that radiologists, cardiologists, and vascular surgeons use, on average, two different endovascular snare devices in their practice. These physicians understand the importance of having options when a foreign object such as an IVC filter, stent, broken catheter tip, or guide wire needs to be removed.

Merit Medical recognizes this need and is pleased to be the only provider of two snare devices: an interlaced triple loop device–the EN Snare® Endovascular Snare System, and a new, single loop snare device–the ONE Snare™ Endovascular Snare System. The ONE Snare™ and EN Snare® go hand-in-hand to provide physicians with the necessary options they need to meet any clinically-challenging case that may arise, because having options matters.

Check out the website to learn more about the ONE Snare™ and EN Snare® Endovascular Snare Systems.

Jesse Hansen
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical

New! BowTie™ Guide Wire Insertion Device From Merit Medical

I’m thrilled to introduce the new BowTie™ Guide Wire Insertion Device, our innovative solution to the problem of aligning devices with micro guide wires.

Low lighting, small wires, and gloved hands make aligning devices used in diagnostic and interventional procedures difficult. The BowTie, named after its bow-tie shape, lines up wires and devices for quick and easy insertion. After loading, the flexible BowTie can be removed easily through a slit along the top of the device.

The BowTie will be available for hands-on demonstrations at CIRSE and TCT trade shows in September and October. We hope clinicians will be as excited as we are about this simple, elegant solution for “Making Ends Meet™.”

Stephanie Poulsen
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical

Merit Medical Wins Telly Award for its Suite of Product Videos Produced by Lone Peak Productions, Inc.

Merit Medical is proud to announce that its product videos for HepaSphere™ Microspheres and Blue Diamond™ Digital Inflation Device won two Bronze Telly Awards in the Sales category at this year’s 33rd Annual Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards are given for web commercials, videos, and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Entries are submitted from advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments around the world. Merit Medical’s videos were produced in conjunction with Lone Peak Productions, Inc. of Salt Lake City. The 33rd Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

The videos showcase a number of Merit Medical products including HepaSphere Microspheres, designed for controlled, targeted embolization with or without delivery of doxorubicin HCI for the treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and the Blue Diamond Digital Inflation Device, a next-generation digital inflation device with a bold bright display that provides a high resolution visual representation of pressure.

To view these prize-winning videos, and our complete line of videos showcasing Merit Medical products, visit our website,

Merit Medical to Attend CIRSE 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal September 15-19

Merit Medical will exhibit at booth number 25 during the 2012 meeting of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) to be held in Lisbon, Portugal September 15-19. The CIRSE meeting is dedicated to education, science, and innovation in the field of Interventional Radiology and minimally invasive image-guided therapies. The programme is designed around seven main themes including Vascular Interventions, Transcatheter Embolization, Interventional Oncology, Neuro Interventions, Non-Vascular Interventions, IR Management, and Imaging.

With medical attendees from over 80 countries, CIRSE is a unique platform for interaction and for the exchange of scientific information. The educational programme provides the opportunity for physicians to familiarise themselves with new devices and to master new therapies, continually improving the service IR can provide for patients.

Merit Medical Releases Video for the Scion Clo-SurPLUS P.A.D.™

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new video for the Scion Clo-SurPLUS P.A.D. Antimicrobial Barrier. The Scion Cardio-Vascular CIo-SurPLUS P.A.D. is intended for the local management of bleeding wounds and to provide a barrier to bacterial penetration of the dressing in all patients and for the promotion of rapid control (hemostasis) of bleeding in patients following hemodialysis and for those on anticoagulation therapy.

The video demonstrates the use of this versatile pad as an alternative to manual compression following catherization. The Clo-SurPLUS P.A.D. accelerates hemostasis plus protects against nosocomial infection, improving clinical efficiency while reducing complications, such as pseudoaneurysms and hematomas.1

To view the new CIo-SurPLUS P.A.D. video, click on the following link:

Mark Heninger
Senior Product Manager, Merit Medical

[1] Invasive Cardiology: A Manual for Cath Lab Personnel, Pg. 396, Watson and Gorski

Merit Medical’s Innovation Chronicle™ Features Inventor of the Merit Maestro® Microcatheter Swan Neck Design

Merit Medical’s Innovation Chronicle newspaper was created to feature interviews with inventors, physicians, and authors about several Merit Medical products, including the Merit Maestro Microcatheter.

The Merit Maestro Microcatheter is preshaped and designed to access and maintain position in arteries with acute angles such as the hepatic artery. The secondary curve helps seat the catheter in the vessel to reduce the recoiling effect of the embolic agent as it is introduced. The preshaped distal end is ideal for access to the hepatic artery. Shinichi Hori, MD, PhD, the Director of the Gate Tower Institute for Image Guided Therapy in Japan, created the exclusive swan neck design of the Merit Maestro Microcatheter and offered his opinion on the advantages of its design. “Standard microcatheters have a change in flexibility and softness at each joint,” Hori observed. “Since the Merit Maestro has no joints, the catheter movement inside the blood vessel is very smooth.” Dr. Hori now uses the swan neck microcatheter for the majority of his cases where there are acute branch take-offs and vessel tortuosity.

The Merit Maestro multipurpose microcatheter was designed and engineered for the controlled and selective infusion of diagnostic, embolic, or therapeutic materials into peripheral and coronary vasculature. To read more about the Merit Maestro and other Merit Medical products used for embolic therapy such as QuadraSphere® microspheres, click on the link below.

Innovation Chronicle

Merit Medical Presents Radial Approach Product Options to Hospitals in Brazil

Merit Medical just completed a successful week of presentations on its radial approach product options to hospitals in Sao Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil.

Presentations and training for physicians and cath lab personnel included inservicing the radial approach using Merit Medical products from introduction to closure in approximately 20 cases. The training took place at Escola Paulista de Medicina Hospital, Dante Pazzanese Hospital, and Beneficencia Portuguesa Hospital (one of the largest cath labs in Latin America) in Sao Paulo and Hospital Cardiologico Costantini and Intercordis-Hospital Nossa Senhora das Graças in Curitiba.

The Merit Medical Radial Approach products used were Prelude® sheath introducers, Performa Ultimate™ diagnostic catheters, and the Finale® radial compression device. The Performa Ultimate 1 catheter was considered by many users to be preferable to the Terumo Tiger shape, especially when cannulating the RCA, LCA, and when performing a ventriculogram. The physicians and staff liked the Finale because they thought it was simple to use, does not occlude the ulnar artery, can easily check pressures, and quickly addresses decompression issues.

Merit Medical’s Radial Approach Product Demonstrations, Clo-Sur PLUS P.A.D.™ Generate Interest at Euro PCR 2012

Merit Medical’s booth was a popular destination at Euro PCR this year. While many attendees enjoyed Merit Medical’s complimentary coffee bar and excellent barista, the radial approach product demonstrations and new Clo-Sur PLUS P.A.D. were the real draw.

Hands-on demonstrations of products designed for the radial approach gave attendees the opportunity to insert Prelude® Sheath Introducers and to apply the Finale® Radial Compression Device on an anatomical model. The Performa Ultimate™ diagnostic catheters in four different curve variations were also available for demonstration.

Attendees showed a lot of interest in the Scion Clo-Sur PLUS P.A.D. This non-invasive topical hemostasis pad works as both an antimicrobial barrier and as a hemostasis pad for rapid control of bleeding. The pad is made of Polyprolate™, a biomedical grade form of chitosan.

Merit Medical had a great show and is looking forward to continuing to provide products and accessories designed to enhance the practice of interventional cardiology.

Merit Medical To Exhibit At The World Conference On Interventional Oncology in Chicago June 14-16

We hope to see you in Chicago next week when Merit Medical showcases its products at the World Conference on Interventional Oncology (WCIO). WCIO offers interventional radiologists, interventional oncologists, residents, and students from around the world hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and scientific programs on current treatments and future developments in interventional oncology for the treatment of cancer.

From microspheres to microcatheters, Merit Medical offers a complete embolic product portfolio to provide a high-performance delivery system for embolization procedures. Featured products will include QuadraSphere®, Embosphere®, and EmboGold® Microspheres, the Merit Maestro® Microcatheter, and the Tenor® Steerable Guidewire.

Visit Merit Medical at WCIO to learn more about our high-quality products and accessories designed to enhance the practice of interventional oncology.

Merit Medical Opens New Facility in Galway, Ireland

Merit Medical officially opened a new $25 million facility at the Parkmore Business Park East in Galway, Ireland on May 15, 2012. Merit Chairman and CEO Fred Lampropoulos and the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, spoke at the opening ceremony.

Prime Minister Kenny expressed his appreciation for Merit Medical’s investment in Ireland. Lampropoulos praised the Irish workforce: “Our high level of satisfaction with our Galway facility’s ability to take on new challenges and its successful track record in developing new products over the past 16 years were major factors in implementing this crucial investment there.”

The new 75,000 square foot building will be the principal site for the development and manufacture of guide wires and inflation devices such as InQwire® Guide Wires, Merit MAK™ Mini Access Kits, and BasixCOMPAK™ Inflation Devices.

Merit Medical’s Ireland facility is responsible for providing general, financial, and operational management to its European operations. Lampropoulos believes the new facility will play a significant role in increasing the company’s global business.