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MERIT SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDS BIOPSY PORTFOLIO WITH RELEASE OF NEW BONE BIOPSY SYSTEM

Patented perforating cannula available with the Madison™ and Huntington™ systems provides a controlled and effective alternative to powered access needles

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – September, 2018 – Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used in interventional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology, oncology, critical care and endoscopy, is announcing an extensive expansion of its biopsy portfolio with the release of five new manual bone biopsy systems. Each of the systems has been specifically designed to optimize diagnostic yield in specialized settings, and, collectively, they provide multiple options for use in a wide variety of applications.

Featured in the new lineup are the Madison™ and Huntington™ Bone Biopsy Systems. The direct access Madison™ features a trocar-tip stylet that can be introduced through the cannula to assist with initial bone entry. The cannula also supports the use of a drill insert that helps traverse hard bone for small cortical abnormalities in axial and appendicular cases. The Huntington™ is designed with a tri-angled tip and longitudinal groove that both maintains accuracy even in oblique approaches and functions as a collection channel for tissue evacuation upon first contact in hard bone procedures and sclerotic lesions.

“The range of biopsy systems allows the physician to choose the needle best adapted to the bone density prior to or during the procedure,” said Pr. Jean-Denis Laredo, Chief of the Radiology Service, Lariboisière Hôspital, and Professor of Medicine at the Public Hospital of Paris, University of Paris-Diderot. “Having a Seldinger-inspired guide wire approach to the spine assists both experienced and younger radiologists in safely placing a larger needle. The biopsy is almost achieved once the introducer needle is against the target. This also provides a better anesthetic for the patient, and less radiation caused by repeat scanning.”

In addition to the Madison™ and Huntington™ Systems, Merit is also introducing the Madison Mini™ for small rounded bones that have little soft-tissue surroundings; the Westbrook™, designed to reach superficial lesions in soft- or normal-density bone; and the Kensington™ Bone Biopsy System, which was created for deep bone, upper spine and narrow access procedures. The Kensington™ is used with the Seldinger-inspired guide wire approach.

All of the systems utilize the Preston™ Bone Biopsy Needle, which is constructed with clockwise-cutting trephine teeth to support true cylindrical tissue retrieval and use even in sclerotic and blastic lesions. The systems also offer comfortable-grip handles that lock together to allow for more manual pressure if necessary, and depth stoppers to give a visual guide for biopsy needle protrusion beyond the introducer.

“The expansion of our biopsy portfolio allows us to better serve the needs of our customers and underscores Merit’s belief that offering a wide range of products gives practitioners a fuller set of options for instrument selection,” said Fred Lampropoulos, Chairman and CEO of Merit Medical.

More information about Merit’s complete line of bone biopsy systems can be found on the company’s website, www.merit.com.

About Merit Medical
Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology, oncology, critical care and endoscopy.  Merit is committed to furthering the growth of radial access through its specialized education program, ThinkRadial®, and a full suite of tailored devices for peripheral and cardiology radial procedures. Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a domestic and international sales force totaling approximately 290 individuals. Merit employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide with facilities in South Jordan, Utah; Pearland, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Rockland, Massachusetts; San Jose, California; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France; Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Tijuana, Mexico; Joinville, Brazil; Markham, Ontario, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; and Singapore.

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