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CASCADE MEDICAL SIGNS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH ISRAEL

 MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Cascade Medical, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., has signed an agreement for distribution of its CheckMate Plus(R) diabetes home monitoring system in Israel. Yaron Medical Limited, Tel-Aviv, will distribute the system.
 "This is a very important country in the Middle East market," said Richard E. Jones, Ph.D., president and CEO of Cascade Medical. "We are delighted with the opportunities this distribution relationship can provide."
 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 $900 million. Approximately 6.5% of the Israeli population, or 293,000 people, are 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, consumer promotions and an aggressive outreach program to diabetes professionals are the 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 holds the patents for its CheckMate(R) and the recently introduced CheckMate Plus blood glucose home monitoring systems and disposable test strips.
 Cascade Medical's CheckMate Plus System has several unique features designed for the ultimate in user convenience and safety. The system is accurate and extremely easy to operate -- just apply blood and read the result. Word prompts guide the user through all procedures in any of six languages. The comprehensive memory stores insulin injection data and automatically records glucose results with time, date and activity markers attached. Other features include a built-in lancing device, hands-off lancet removal, automatic calibration and a self-starting quartz timer. 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 800-525-6718.
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 /CONTACT: Perry Ketchum of Ketchum Metz McCauley, Inc., 612-349-2727, for Cascade Medical/


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