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ACME UNITED ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR NEW LINE OF I.V. THERAPY PRODUCTS

 ACME UNITED ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS
 FOR NEW LINE OF I.V. THERAPY PRODUCTS
 FAIRFIELD, Conn., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Acme United Corporation (AMEX: ACU) has signed an agreement with OPCO Medical Products, Ltd., New York, N.Y., for the exclusive marketing and distribution rights in the United States for the OPCO line of patented intravenous (I.V.) therapy products.
 Acme United will distribute the OPCO products to hospitals and the after-care market, along with its own I.V. product line, which include start kits, dressing trays, prep products and line securing devices. Acme United also has distribution rights for any future OPCO products.
 The principal new product is the patented I.V. Bubble -- a plastic see-through device which can be inflated to protect the I.V. catheter and tubing while preventing the catheter from being inadvertently dislodged. The disposable product is for single patient use and comes in one size for infants and another for pediatric and adult patients.
 The I.V. Bubble is the only product of its type and will be on the market by year-end. At present, nurses often rig up their own devices to help keep patients -- usually the very young or the very old -- from accidently pulling out I.V. catheters.
 The other OPCO product is the patent pending I.V. Board -- a reusable device which immobilizes the limb, stabilizes the I.V. site and reduces premature I.V. restarts in active patients. The I.V. Board, which is generally used with the I.V. Bubble -- comprises an anatomically molded arm board with a comfort finger support, thick disposable foam overlay and a cohesive tape which is gentle to the skin. It comes in sizes for infant, pediatric and adult patients.
 "The I.V. Bubble and Board system is a highly desirable new device that significantly broadens Acme United's I.V. therapy product line capability," said Dwight C. Wheeler, president of Acme United. "We expect to realize substantial sales and profits from this new line over the next five years," Mr. Wheeler added.
 The I.V. Bubble and Board system was developed by Janice A. Cook, president of OPCO Medical Products, Ltd.
 The OPCO agreement is the third move made by Acme United to expand its medical products business this year. In January, Acme United acquired the business of Sepro Healthcare, including exclusive distribution rights to an extensive line of pressure therapy bandages and specialized wound dressings.
 In September, Acme United acquired the exclusive marketing and distribution rights in the United States for the Royl-Derm line of patent-pending skin-care and wound-care products. Acme United will distribute the Royl-Derm line to hospitals and the after-care market, along with its own sterile dressing trays, proprietary dressings and pressurized bandages.
 Acme United is a leading producer of metal disposable surgical instruments, sterile procedure trays, germicidal products and wound-care packs for use in hospitals and alternate care markets, as well as the largest producer of household shears, scissors, wooden rulers and yardsticks in the United States and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: James F. Farrington, executive vice president of Acme United, 203-332-7330/
 (ACU) CO: Acme United Corporation; OPCO Medical Products, Ltd. ST: Connecticut, New York IN: MTC SU: TNM


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