Safeskin to Supply Premier's Hospitals

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Safeskin Corp. said it's one of two companies that won a five-year contract to supply examination gloves to Premier Inc.'s hospitals and other facilities. Under the contract, Safeskin's examination gloves will be made available to Premier's network of more than 1,800 hospitals and health-care facilities. Safeskin said the contract has an estimated sales value of $80 million to $90 million for both suppliers. The other maker of examination gloves wasn't disclosed. San Diego-based Safeskin makes hypoallergenic disposable latex gloves. Closely held Premier was formed in January through the merger of American Healthcare Systems Inc., SunHealth Alliance Inc. and Premier Health Alliance Inc. Safeskin shares rose $1.125 to close at $48.25 on Nasdaq.

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