SOURCE: Smith & Nephew PLC

October 08, 2007 10:27 ET

Smith & Nephew PLC announces International launch of New ALLEVYN Ag antimicrobial dressing range

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               Head of Communication
               Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management
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Smith & Nephew announces International launch of New ALLEVYN Ag antimicrobial
dressing range

HULL, UK Oct 8 2007 - Smith & Nephew's (LSE: SN; NYSE:SNN) Advanced Wound Management division, announced today that it is launching a new range of ALLEVYN dressings, ALLEVYN Ag, that combine the superior fluid handling of ALLEVYN with the antimicrobial protection of silver.

The new ALLEVYN Ag range of dressings, available in both adhesive and non adhesive variants have the addition of a broad spectrum, sustained release silver. This combined with the existing benefits of ALLEVYN helps to deliver the optimal moist wound environment for the promotion of faster healing.

"The ALLEVYN Ag dressing is very easy to use and we are getting some great outcomes. One patient that had an open surgical wound remarked that the dressing was a "miracle" and very comfortable," said Paula Kotz as, BSN, RN, C, CWOCN, ET Consultant Services Inc., Asheville, NC.

"The addition of the ALLEVYN Ag range to the brand will help strengthen our position further in 2008 as the leading global brand within the foam dressings market," said Joe Woody, President, Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management. " The new products further build on the major improvements made to ALLEVYN in 2006 that have been extremely well received by our customers. The ALLEVYN Ag range will offer even more benefits to our customers and will continue to improve the quality of life of their patients."

ALLEVYN helps to facilitate healing by reducing the risk of maceration and maintaining an optimal moist wound environment. ALLEVYN offers the clinician a clinically proven range of dressings that are cost effective both for the clinician and the buyer. With the addition of ALLEVYN Ag to the range, ALLEVYN is able to provide an all in one solution when bacterial colonisation is an issue.

Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management is headquartered in Hull, UK where it has its main manufacturing facility. The organisation also has a manufacturing centre in the US in Largo, Florida.

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About Us

Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management, with headquarters in the United Kingdom, employs more than 3,100 people around the world. The organisation has manufacturing centres in the United Kingdom and Largo, FL.

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedic Reconstruction,

Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products.

Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the

leading global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The Company has 9,600 employees and operates in 31 countries around the world. Annual sales in 2006 were nearly $2.8 billion.

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