LITTLE ELM, TEXAS—Retractable Technologies, Inc. (AMEX:RVP) (“Retractable”), a leading maker of safety needle devices, today reported fully diluted earnings per share of $0.43 and $0.41 for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2003, respectively. For the comparable periods last year, Retractable reported losses per share of $0.22 and $0.28.

Net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2003 were $4,437,600, a decrease of $430,034 from the same period last year. Revenues for the six-month period were $8,915,308, a decrease of $68,689 from the comparable 2002 period.

Gross profit as a percentage of net revenues, excluding the product recall and recovery in 2002, declined by 0.5 percent for the three months ended June 30, 2003 compared with the same period last year, but rose by 1.5 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2002.

Operating expenses declined for both periods in 2003 compared with 2002 due principally to debt conversion expense of $2,319,073 in 2002. The decrease was mitigated by bonuses (which were paid in 2003 to all employees), higher labor, travel and entertainment, stock option expenses, and increased legal expenses (principally related to Retractable’s litigation with NMT).

Effective as of June 30, 2003, Retractable was added to the Russell 3000 Index, an index which measures the performance of the 3000 largest U.S. companies based on market capitalization.

Separately, on July 15, 2003, Katie Petroleum converted the remaining balance of $250,003 of its note secured by land and building into 35,714 shares of Retractable’s common stock.

Retractable has agreed to a loan proposal from 1st International Bank for $2,500,000. The proceeds from the loan will be used to pay off the remaining $475,000 of the revolving credit agreement and fund a new warehouse and related infrastructure. Payments on the new note will be interest only during construction. Upon completion, payments will be based on a 20- year amortization with a five-year maturity. The exact interest rate will be based on the balances kept on deposit with the bank. Accordingly, interest will vary from the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (“WSJPR”) to the WSJPR plus one percent, with floors that may range from 4.25% to 6.50%. Compensating balances affecting the interest rate will range from $0 to $500,000.

For more information, refer to the Form 10-QSB for the six months ended June 30, 2003, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 14, 2003.

Retractable Technologies, Inc. manufactures and markets VanishPoint® automated retraction safety syringes and blood collection devices, which virtually eliminate healthcare 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, a feature that is designed to prevent reuse. VanishPoint® safety needle devices are distributed to the acute care hospital market by Abbott Laboratories and to the alternate care market by various specialty and general line distributors. For more information on Retractable, visit our Web site at

Forward-looking statements in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are accurate. However, the Company cannot assure you that such expectations will occur. The Company’s actual future performance could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the impact of dramatic increases in demand; the Company’s ability to quickly increase its production capacity in the event of a dramatic increase in demand; the Company’s ability to access the market; the Company’s ability to successfully resolve its litigation with Becton Dickinson, among others; the Company’s ability to continue to finance research and development as well as operations and expansion of production through equity and debt financing, as well as sales; the increased interest of larger market players, specifically Becton Dickinson, in providing safety needle devices; and other risks and uncertainties that are detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.