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SALT LAKE CITY, March 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Utah Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:UTMD) announces it has purchased all of the common shares of Femcare Holdings Limited of the United Kingdom, including its trading subsidiaries, Femcare-Nikomed Ltd. of Southampton, England and Femcare Australia. Femcare is best known for its leading global brand the Filshie Clip System – a female surgical contraception device (tubal ligation) which is placed on the fallopian tubes.
Tubal ligation, informally known as "getting one's tubes tied," is a form of female sterilization in which the fallopian tubes are severed and sealed, permanently occluded or pinched shut. There are several methods, with varying degrees of effectiveness, safety and opportunity to be reversed. One of the more common methods for interval sterilization is with the use of Bipolar Cautery (electrocautery). With this method a current flows between the tips of forceps when applied to the fallopian tube. This current then "burns" a portion of the fallopian tube shut. If the sterilization procedure is carried out at post-partum, the Pomeroy technique is often adopted. During this procedure a small loop of the fallopian tube is tied with a suture and the top section removed by cutting. Although these common methods are relatively easy to perform, the "failure rate" of these methods, defined as the percentage of patients having undergone the procedure who subsequently get pregnant, has been reported to be about 3%. The Filshie Clip, which can be used at either interval or post-partum, unlike many of the competitors, has a failure rate an order of magnitude less.
In the early 1980s, Penny and Peter McQuilkin, along with Don Casey and Dr. Marcus Filshie of Nottingham, England collaborated to devise a totally new approach - a small clip made from titanium and lined with silicone, that they believed would not only be substantially safer and more effective, but would also have a higher success rate in reversing the procedure for women who subsequently wish to become pregnant. Called the Filshie Clip, the product is now available in around 45 countries and is a truly global brand. About 80% of Femcare's current $16 million in total revenues are related to the Filshie Clip System.