When catheter manufacturer C.R. Bard Inc. (NYSE: BCR) recently announced plans to purchase Liberator Medical Holdings Inc. (NYSEMKT: LBMH) for $181 million, CEO Timothy Ring recognized the growing need to treat at patients at home.

“As the population ages and more health care is expected to occur outside of the hospital setting, we believe that having direct access to the patient in the home is strategically important,” Ring said at the time. Stuart, Florida-based Liberator is a direct-to-consumer distributor of home medical supplies, such as catheters, including some of Bard’s products.

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