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CASCADE MEDICAL SIGNS GREECE, CYPRUS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS FURTHER EXPANSION IN EUROPE FOR CHECKMATE SYSTEM

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Cascade Medical, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., has signed an exclusive agreement for distribution in Greece and Cyprus of its CheckMate(TM) diabetes home monitoring system. The system, including the CheckMate self blood glucose monitor and glucose test strips, will be distributed by Abako, S.A., Athens, Greece, and GiPiVi Investments, Ltd., Nicosia, Cyprus.
 "We're excited to broaden our distribution in the Mediterranean region," said Richard E. Jones, Ph.D., president and CEO of Cascade Medical. "Both of these distributors have solid bases in their countries and will be excellent marketers of our products."
 The market for self blood glucose monitoring is one of the fastest growing areas in medical diagnostics, with a worldwide market estimated at more than $800 million. Cyprus and Greece have a combined population of 400,000 diagnosed diabetics.
 Cascade Medical has extensive U.S. distribution, as well as significant international distribution in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. Customer service and an aggressive outreach program to diabetes educators are the two primary areas of marketing focus.
 Cascade Medical, founded in 1989, is a privately held manufacturer of home health care products. Cascade Medical developed, manufactures and hold the patents for its CheckMate blood glucose home monitoring system and disposable test strips.
 Cascade Medical's CheckMate System is designed for user convenience and safety and has several unique features, including a built-in lancing device and automatic calibration. The company has an intensive, ongoing research and development program for provision of new, state-of-the-art products that will bear the CheckMate trade name.
 Cascade Medical operates a 24-hour-a-day telephone customer service line at 1-800-525-6718.
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 /CONTACT: Perry Ketchum of Ketchum & Metz, Inc., 612-349-2727, for Cascade Medical/


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