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Cepheid Inks Group Purchasing Deal with Novation

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said today that it has signed a group purchasing deal with Novation for its GeneXpert System and Xpert MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) tests.
Under the agreement, customers of Novation, a large group purchasing organization that serves hospital systems including VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium, and Provista, will be able to purchase the molecular diagnostics instrument and tests at undisclosed pre-negotiated prices. According to a Cepheid statement, Novation purchasing power represents 49 percent of admissions and 44 percent of staffed beds in the US.
The pact follows last week’s announcement of a similar arrangement between Cepheid and Premier, a group purchasing organization that has more than 1,500 hospitals in its network.

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