Leiters and Avanos Medical Announce Preferred Provider Agreement

Leiters to offer pharmacy fill services for Avanos' ON-Q* Pain Relief System

DENVER, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Leiters, an FDA-registered 503B outsourcing provider of high quality ophthalmology and hospital-based services, and Avanos Medical Inc. (NYSE:AVNS), a medical technology company focused on delivering clinically superior breakthrough medical device solutions to improve patients' quality of life, announced today a preferred provider relationship to fill the ON-Q* Pain Relief System. In the midst of the national drug shortage, many of Avanos' acute and non-acute customers have requested assistance with filling the ON-Q* Pain Relief System. Leiters will serve as a preferred fill service provider for the ON-Q* Pain Relief System.

In light of the opioid epidemic, the ON-Q* Pain Relief System provides a non-opioid alternative for post-operative pain management. ON-Q* is an elastomeric drug delivery system that delivers local anesthetic directly to the surgical site either through a nerve block or a surgeon placed catheter, for post-operative pain relief. It is indicated to significantly reduce use of opioids and to provide better pain relief than opioids alone.

Through this preferred relationship, Leiters offers ON-Q* Pain Relief System customers, primarily hospitals, surgery centers and clinics, a proprietary pharmacy fill service. This service will be provided through two Leiters 503B outsourcing facilities located in San Jose, California and Denver, Colorado. Both facilities are FDA-registered and inspected and follow current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).

"We couldn't be more excited about this new partnership with Avanos. Leiters has been a trusted source of medications for nearly a century. This partnership and the services to be provided illustrate our unwavering commitment to delivering better medicine to more people," said Robin Smith Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Leiters.

"This new partnership provides our customers with a simple and convenient option for filling the ON-Q* Pain Relief System," said John Tushar, President, Global Franchises, at Avanos Medical. "We are delighted to partner with Leiters. They are dedicated to offering superior pharmacy filling services and we share a mutual commitment to providing quality non-opioid solutions for pain management. At Avanos, we want to be the best at getting patients back to the things that matter; our partnership with Leiters will play an important role in helping us achieve that vision."


About Avanos Medical

Avanos Medical (NYSE: AVNS) is a medical technology company focused on delivering clinically superior breakthrough medical device solutions to improve patients' quality of life. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Avanos is committed to addressing some of today's most important healthcare needs, such as reducing the use of opioids while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. Avanos develops, manufactures and markets its recognized brands in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.avanos.com.

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Leiters Contact: Kari Cashmore

(720) 414-7216


Avanos Investor Contact:  Dave Crawford

Avanos Medical, Inc.

(470) 448-5177


Avanos Media Contact:  Raul Damas/Marleen Geerlof

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Leiters is a trusted FDA-registered 503B outsourcing provider of high quality ophthalmology and hospital-based services. We are committed to providing healthcare professionals and their patients with high quality medications. Our team of experts in sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing, repackaging, and pharmacy provide a sophisticated understanding of what it takes to elevate quality and consistency of supply in outsourcing. We combine our team, our robust processes and our state-of-the art outsourcing facilities to ensure the highest quality products and services. We believe the most important consumer of our products are patients, and patients have trusted Leiters with their health for nearly a century.