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BSD Medical (Salt Lake City), a provider of medical systems that use heat therapy to treat cancer, has signed an exclusive agreement with AngioCare (Eemweg, the Netherlands) for the sale and distribution of the MicroThermX Microwave Ablation line of products in the Netherlands. AngioCare claims to be the leading independent specialty distributor in the Netherlands, and has a track record in introducing innovative products to the interventional radiology market. AngioCare represents a number of major medical device companies and sells strategically adjacent products to the same clinicians targeted for the MicroThermX.

The MicroThermX is a compact, mobile system that includes a microwave generator, single-patient-use disposable antennas and a thermistor-based temperature monitoring system. The MicroThermX uses synchronous phased array technology that was developed and patented by BSD to provide larger and more uniform zones of ablation during a single procedure.

BSD Medical makes systems to treat cancer and benign diseases using heat therapy, which is delivered using focused radio frequency (RF) and microwave energy. BSD's product lines include both hyperthermia and ablation treatment systems.

In other agreements/contracts news:

• ICU Medical (San Clemente, California), a maker of medical technologies used in I.V. therapy, oncology and critical care applications, said it has extended two primary distribution agreements with Hospira (Lake Forest, Illinois), through Dec. 31, 2018.

Under the co-promotion and distribution agreement, which was initially signed in February 2001, ICU Medical makes all new custom infusion sets for sale by Hospira, and the two companies jointly promote the products under the name SetSource. Under the supply and distribution agreement, which was initially signed in April 1995, Hospira purchases primarily CLAVE and oncology products. The agreements maintain the current Hospira rights to distribute ICU Medical products worldwide with terms that previously extended to 2014.

George Lopez, founder/CEO of ICU Medical, said: “We are very pleased to extend our two major distribution agreements with Hospira, which demonstrates their trust and confidence in our product offerings. Hospira has been our valuable partner for many years and we look forward to continuing our relationship and providing customers with access to our innovative CLAVE, oncology products, custom infusion sets and other products worldwide.“

Hospira makes injectable drugs and infusion technologies.

The Premier (Charlotte, North Carolina) healthcare alliance reported new agreements for enterprise image management solutions have been awarded to Agfa HealthCare (Greenville, South Carolina); FujiFilm Medical Systems (Stamford, Connecticut); and Infinitt North America (Philipsburg, New Jersey).

Premier maintains a repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a healthcare purchasing network.