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CASCADE MEDICAL SIGNS SAUDI ARABIA, UAE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS; BROADENS MIDDLE EAST EXPANSION FOR CHECKMATE SYSTEM

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cascade Medical, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., has signed an exclusive agreement for distribution in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates 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 Fuad Al/Fadhli Trading Establishment, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the United Emirates Agencies Co., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
 "This agreement further strengthens our distributorships in the Middle East," said Richard E. Jones, Ph.D., president and CEO of Cascade Medical. "These companies have an excellent record and we're happy to be establishing a relationship with them."
 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. The estimated number of diagnosed diabetics in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is more than 750,000.
 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 800-525-6718.
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 /CONTACT: Perry Ketchum of Ketchum & Metz, Inc., 612-349-2727, for Cascade Medical/


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