Merit Medical Receives CE Marking for Prostatic Artery Embolization for Embosphere(R) Microspheres

Merit Medical Receives CE Marking for Prostatic Artery Embolization for
Embosphere(R) Microspheres

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merit Medical Systems,
Inc. (Nasdaq:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary
implantable as well as disposable devices used primarily in cardiology,
radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has received CE Marking
(Conformité Européenne) in the European Union to market its line of
Embosphere® Microspheres for embolization of the prostate gland for relief of
symptoms related to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

Moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to BPH afflict
approximately 50% of men aged 65 and older. At around age 50, the prostate
gland—through which the urethra passes—grows large enough to constrict the
urethra. For patients, quality of life decreases due to frequent urges to
urinate and insufficient voiding. In some patients, these symptoms interrupt
normal sleeping patterns, further degrading their quality of life. Ultimately
BPH can cause acute urinary retention. Current treatment solutions include
pharmacotherapy options such as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and/or
alpha-adrenergic blockers. Surgical interventions such as trans urethral
resection of the prostate (TURP), prostatectomy or energy-based treatments
such as laser or microwave are also options.

Prostatic artery embolization selectively blocks blood flow to the prostate
resulting in reduced organ volume and reduced urethral stricture. Clinical
data has demonstrated that patients achieve durable symptom relief while
avoiding the complications and side effects associated with surgical or
energy-based procedures and pharmacotherapy.

Consistent with its leadership role among interventional radiologists, Merit
will sponsor a Center of Excellence training program at a number of leading
hospitals in Europe beginning this year to facilitate physician training. The
FDA has also approved an Investigational Device Exemption for Merit's
international, multi-center, randomized clinical trial that will compare the
results of prostatic artery embolization to transurethral resection of the
prostate (TURP) for treatment of BPH.

"Embolotherapy has long been recognized as an option for patients who seek an
alternative to surgical procedures and pharmacotherapy to resolve their
symptoms," said Fred P. Lampropoulos, Merit's Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer. "Embosphere enjoys an exceptional reputation in IR procedures such as
Uterine Fibroid Embolization. Merit is delighted to expand Embosphere's
reputation and utility with the CE Mark for prostatic artery embolization."


Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development,
manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in
interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology,
radiology and endoscopy. Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a
domestic and international sales force totaling approximately 130 individuals.
Merit employs approximately 2,750 people worldwide with facilities in Salt
Lake City and South Jordan, Utah; Angleton, Texas; Richmond, Virginia;
Malvern, Pennsylvania; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France;
Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Rockland,

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