C.R. Bard Inc was incorporated in New Jersey in 1923. The Company is engaged in the design, manufacture, packaging, distribution and sale of medical, surgical, diagnostic and patient care devices. The Company sells its products to hospitals, individual healthcare professionals, extended care facilities and alternate site facilities The Company participates in the markets for vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products. It reports its sales in four product group categories: vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialties. The Company's vascular products cover a range of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and heart arrhythmias. These products include: percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, (PTA) catheters, chronic total occlusion (CTO) catheters, guidewires, fabrics, meshes, introducers and accessories; peripheral vascular stents, covered stents and vascular grafts; vena cava filters; biopsy devices; and electrophysiology products, including electrophysiology laboratory systems and diagnostic, therapeutic and temporary pacing electrode catheters. The Company's urology products include basic drainage products, continence products and urological specialty products. Its oncology products cover a range of devices used in the treatment and management of various cancers and other diseases and disorders. These include specialty vascular access catheters and ports, vascular access ultrasound devices, dialysis access catheters and enteral feeding devices. Its surgical specialty products include implanted grafts and fixation devices for hernia and soft tissue repairs. The Company's soft tissue repair products consist of hernia repair grafts, including both synthetic and natural-tissue configurations, and hernia fixation devices. The Company competes in the therapeutic and diagnostic medical device markets around the world. Its products are distributed domestically directly to hospitals and other healthcare institutions as well as through numerous hospitals/surgical supply and other medical specialty distributors with whom the Company has distribution agreements. The Company is subject to governmental laws and regulations.
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