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Bard Files Suit Under Pourchez Patent
MURRAY HILL, N.J., Feb 19, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE-BCR) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bard Access Systems, Inc., along with Dr. Thierry Pourchez, has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 11, 2003 against Diatek, Inc. and Arrow International, Inc.

The suit alleges that Arrow and Diatek's Cannon-Cath split-tip dialysis catheters infringe U.S. patent number 6,001,079, a patent owned by Dr. Pourchez and licensed exclusively to Bard Access Systems. Bard Access Systems acquired the exclusive license to the patent in October 2002. William H. Longfield, chairman and chief executive officer commented, "Bard is initiating this lawsuit in order to protect the valuable benefits of Dr. Pourchez's invention. The company will continue to vigorously defend its intellectual property."

C.R. Bard, Inc., headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of healthcare products in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products. Bard markets its line of dialysis catheter products through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bard Access Systems, Inc.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, the accuracy of which is necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties. Please refer to our September 30, 2002 Form 10-Q for a statement with regard to forward-looking statements, including disclosure of additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied.

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                  Investor Relations: Todd C. Schermerhorn
                  Vice President and Treasurer
                  908/277-8139
                  or
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                  Holly P. Glass
                  Government and Public Affairs
                  703/754-2848

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C. R. Bard, Inc.
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