The new agreement is the second collaboration announced by the two companies in recent months. In December 2010, the companies announced the inclusion of 3Mâ€™s Peridex Oral Rinse in Sageâ€™s Q-Care Rx system.
Effective immediately, this second agreement builds upon the initial partnership and expands the reach of Sage's infection prevention products into markets where they are not currently sold.
Under the banner of Partners in Prevention, the companies also intend to collaborate on a variety of initiatives designed to minimize the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
Collaborative efforts may include joint customer education programs, co-sponsored events and other initiatives that improve patient care and reduce risk, a priority for both companies. The new agreement will enable expansion of these efforts into international markets.
Scott Brown, president and COO of Sage Products, said: â€œ3M and Sage Products are by far the most recognized leaders in this area of healthcare and it made sense for our companies to expand our collaboration to international markets.
â€œInfection prevention is a world-wide priority and we are excited about 3M's ability to reach across the globe. Weâ€™ll continue to look for new ways to work together on prevention and education initiatives with the goal of achieving greater patient care outcomes everywhere.â€
Debra Rectenwald, president and general manager for infection prevention division at 3M, said: â€œWe are both pleased and excited to sign a second agreement with Sage. Combining the strength of Sage's innovative portfolio with 3M's international reach is a natural fit for both companies and one that we feel has a lot of promise in addressing market needs.â€
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