Britain’s National Health Service Places Retractable Technologies’ Vanishpoint Safety Needle Devices On Supplies List

LITTLE ELM, Texas–(BW HealthWire)–Nov. 19, 2001–Retractable Technologies, Inc. (AMEX:RVP), a leading maker of safety needle devices, announced today that Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) Purchasing & Supplies Agency (PASA) has placed Retractable’s VanishPoint(R) line of automated retraction safety syringes and blood collection devices on its hospital supplies list.

The move by PASA, which purchases approximately 70% of the NHS medical supplies used in Britain, culminates 18 months of successful clinical trials of the VanishPoint(R) line in British health care facilities.

In connection with the NHS decision, Retractable said it had signed a contract with Pendell Medical Ltd., a British-based international medical supply concern, to market and distribute VanishPoint(R) products in Britain. An estimated 500 million syringes are used in Britain annually. Even before the NHS decision, several key British health care facilities had already switched to VanishPoint(R) devices.

“This is a major breakthrough in our efforts to protect health care workers outside the U.S. from potentially deadly accidental needlestick injuries,”
said Thomas J. Shaw, President and CEO of Retractable. “We look forward to a close, fruitful relationship with the National Health Service and Pendell Medical.” Added Pendell CEO Paul Spooner, “Pendell has made significant progress over recent months in gaining visibility for VanishPoint(R) devices on this side of the Atlantic, and our efforts in support of Retractable in Britain will surely assist in the reduction of needlestick injuries among British health care workers.”

In the wake of the passage of federal needle safety legislation in the U.S. last year, advocates for British health care workers have been pushing for similar measures. Jon Richards, National Health Officer of Unison, Britain’s largest labor union, said “the introduction of truly effective safety products such as the VanishPoint(R) syringe will help British policymakers understand the importance of safety needle devices as well as nurse participation in the selection of them. All safety needle products are not the same. Clearly the choice for the nurse is for those products that require no retraining and have the safety feature designed into the product, not added to a standard syringe as an afterthought.” Unison represents 1.3 million workers, 440,000 of whom are health care workers. Its “Needle Safety at Work” campaign has been credited with triggering a wider interest in reducing needlestick injuries and in improving the reporting of these injuries.

Retractable Technologies, Inc. manufactures and markets VanishPoint(R) automated retraction safety syringes and blood collection devices, which virtually eliminate health care worker exposure to accidental needlestick injuries. These revolutionary devices use a patented friction ring mechanism that causes the contaminated needle to retract automatically from the patient into the barrel of the device. VanishPoint(R) safety needle devices are distributed to the U.S. acute care hospital market by Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) and to the U.S. alternate care market by various specialty and general line distributors. For more information on Retractable, visit our Web site at

Pendell Medical Limited, which is based in Farnham, Surrey, is an innovative distribution firm focusing on opportunities in the European health care sector. Incorporated in 1996 as a health care distribution concern, it initially provided procurement support to a group of businesses in Central and Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union. More recently, it has expanded into Western Europe, supporting the implementation of safety-engineered products to reduce needlestick injuries. For more information on Pendell, visit its Web site at

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