Bluegrass Vascular Forms Strategic Relationship With Merit Medical
March 6, 2017—Bluegrass Vascular Technologies announced a strategic relationship with Merit Medical Systems that will streamline European distribution of Bluegrass Vascular's recently CE Mark–approved Surfacer Inside-Out access catheter system. In addition, Merit will provide funding to support Bluegrass Vascular's efforts to secure US Food and Drug Administration clearance for product sales in the United States.
Under the agreement, Merit will make an equity investment in Bluegrass Vascular and secure exclusive rights to distribute the Surfacer Inside-Out access catheter system.
According to Bluegrass Vascular, its Surfacer Inside-Out device provides reliable, efficient, and repeatable central venous access to the right internal jugular (RIJ) vein, the optimal location for placing a central venous catheter. By securing safe and repeatable central venous access to the RIJ, the Surfacer system allows physicians to "avoid going left," thereby protecting arteriovenous fistula placement for better patient outcomes and improved health economics for both hospitals and hemodialysis providers.