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Bard Receives Clearance to Market HemoSplit Dialysis Catheter

MURRAY HILL, N.J., Jul 8, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bard Access Systems, Inc., received Food and Drug Administration clearance to market the HemoSplit(TM) catheter for long-term renal dialysis care. Bard Access Systems previously acquired the exclusive rights to this patented technology invented by Dr. Thierry Pourchez, a noted French surgeon.

Long-term dialysis catheters are used to provide indwelling vascular access to end-stage renal-disease patients requiring dialysis treatments. These patients suffer from reduced kidney function, and require cleansing of their blood by a dialysis machine. The HemoSplit catheter is designed to deliver exceptional flow performance due to its robust materials, large lumens and non-restrictive patented, fixed split-tip design.

"The approval of our HemoSplit catheter complements our leadership position in the vascular access market and strengthens our dialysis line within that segment," commented William H. Longfield, chairman and chief executive officer, "further, it demonstrates our proven ability to develop new and innovative products to enhance and improve the quality of life."

C. R. Bard, Inc., (www.crbard.com) headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of health care products in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, the accuracy of which is necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties. Please refer to our March 31, 2003, 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.

SOURCE: C. R. Bard, Inc.

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