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