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GRACE SAYS FDA AUTHORIZES RELEASE OF 350,000 KIDNEY DIALYSIS PRODUCTS

 BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) today said that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially authorized Grace's National Medical Care (NMC) unit to release approximately 350,000 hemodialysis bloodlines for use in kidney dialysis clinics in the U.S. These kidney dialysis products had previously been detained under FDA import alert for NMC's Reynosa, Mexico plant. Grace said this is an important initial step in assuring availability of bloodlines to U.S. dialysis patients and that its NMC unit continues to work vigorously with the FDA to address remaining concerns.
 On Aug. 5, Grace confirmed that the FDA had issued import alerts with respect to hemodialysis bloodlines from Mexico and hemodialyzers manufactured in its facility in Dublin, Ireland. Also on Aug. 5, an FDA spokeswoman confirmed that no medical problems have been reported from the use of Grace dialysis products. Grace said it expects no adverse impact on earnings growth from Grace's health care business.
 NMC is continuing to cooperate with the FDA and is confident that its comprehensive program to address FDA's concerns will reconcile all differences and place NMC in a position to continue to provide quality products for safe use by its customers and patients.
 The company also believes that progress has been made toward an agreement which will allow import of up to 400,000 newly manufactured bloodlines per month to meet public health needs while the process of securing FDA authorization to bring the facility back into full production continues.
 Grace is the world's largest specialty chemicals company with a leadership position in specialized health care.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Suits of W. R. Grace, 407-362-2600 or 800-GRACE99/
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