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UTAH MEDICAL PRODUCTS APPROVES NEW INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION PACT

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Utah Medical Products Inc., 7043 S. 300 West, a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary medical products for use primarily in the critical care areas of hospitals, has announced a new international distribution agreement.

The company recently signed a new three-year agreement with the Japanese Division of Baxter International for approximately $5 million, in which it purchased exclusive distribution rights in Japan for Utah's Deltran disposable blood pressure transducer.This exclusivity is based upon minimum guaranteed volumes through 1992.

Invasive blood pressure monitoring is a routine practice in critical care medicine in Japan, as it is in the United States. This exclusive arrangement will enable Baxter Japan Ltd. to solidify an already strong presence into a dominant market share position in this rapidly growing market for critical care products.

Utah Medical is also assessing potential future joint manufacturing and distribution efforts with an additional Asian medical products firm. This firm is based in Tokyo and has a newly completed manufacturing facility in Singapore.

Such an arrangement could also enhance Utah Medical's future distribution of its original critical care products throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.