SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, March 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its ASAP™ thrombus aspiration catheter.

"We are pleased that the ASAP™, which we have been selling successfully in Europe, will now be available in the United States," said Fred P. Lampropoulos, Merit's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Sales of the ASAP™ will commence in the United States immediately.

ABOUT MERIT

Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy. Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a domestic and international sales force totaling approximately 130 individuals. Merit employs approximately 2,200 people worldwide with facilities in Salt Lake City and South Jordan, Utah; Angleton, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France; Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Rockland, Massachusetts.

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CONTACT: Anne-Marie Wright, Vice President, Corporate Communications         Phone: (801) 208-4167         e-mail: awright@merit.com         Fax: (801) 253-1688

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