Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stöpler to Distribute Z-Medica QuikClot Products for the First Time to Hospitals in The Netherlands

WALLINGFORD, Conn.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)-- Z-Medica Corporation, a medical device company developing innovative hemostatic agents, today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Stöpler, a supplier of medical instruments, equipment and disposables to hospitals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Stöpler will have the exclusive rights to sell and distribute Z-Medica’s full line of QuikClot® hemostatic agents to hospitals and healthcare professionals in The Netherlands.
QuikClot products received CE Mark from the European Union in November 2009 and the company has been negotiating distribution agreements with a series of best-of-breed medical device distributors such as Stöpler in European markets since then.
“Bleeding is a problem across the globe, and Z-Medica is aiming to reach beyond the U.S. borders with revolutionary gauze products that are proven effective in some of the most traumatic of circumstances,” said Brian Herrman, Chief Executive Officer, Z-Medica. “We are proud to work with partners like Stöpler, who see the need to have QuikClot in every hospital and carried by all healthcare professionals.”
QuikClot is a surgical gauze impregnated with kaolin, an inert mineral with no known contraindications, and can achieve hemostasis in severe bleeding situations in as little as three minutes. QuikClot is widely used throughout several clinical specialties, including cardiology, interventional radiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency medicine, orthopedics and OB/Gyn, and after months of testing against 12 other hemostatic products in the marketplace, the military version of the kaolin gauze (“Combat Gauze”) was chosen as the exclusive product for use by all US Military Forces in 2008. It continues to be the exclusive product used by all USA military forces for first line treatment of bleeding hemorrhage.
“Our focus is on providing healthcare professionals throughout The Netherlands access to premium brands such as QuikClot, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to provide our partners with this line of life saving devices,” said Eric Knuiman, General Manager of Stöpler. “We foresee great demand for this product as it is not only safe and effective, but also diverse in its applications.”

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