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Canadian Pharmacists Association Selects Arbortext to Create and Deliver the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002

Arbortext, Inc., the only global provider of XML-based software for multichannel publishing, today announced the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), a voluntary organization of pharmacists, has selected the Arbortext product suite to create and deliver the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), a pharmaceutical reference guide for health care professionals in Canada

The CPS provides drug monographs representing 4,000 drugs and is delivered to most physicians and all CPhA member pharmacists in Canada. The 2,200 page guide is produced annually with 80,000 copies in English and 20,000 copies in French. CPhA also publishes the Compendium of Self Care Products, Patient Self-Care, Herbs, and Therapeutic Choices.

"Arbortext understands the requirements and intricacy of drug information," said Leesa Bruce, Senior Director of Publications for the Canadian Pharmacists Association. "We publish incredibly complex information with a tremendous liability of not done correctly, and we believe that Arbortext understands the implications of this complexity and liability better than any other vendor."

CPhA's business is based on the accuracy and timeliness of the drug information it provides. Through a combination of Epic Editor, the Epic E-Content Engine (E3) and Interchange, its authors are able to streamline the life cycle of that information - from creation to publication - in order to perform more updates at a lower cost.

"CPhA's mission is to provide Canada's health care professionals with credible, authoritative and unbiased drug information," said PG Bartlett, Vice President, Marketing for Arbortext. "Arbortext's products enable them to achieve that goal at a lower cost through a single source of information that supports the creation and delivery of each publication to print, Web and PDA."

CPhA expects to streamline the creation of its publications, ultimately slashing production costs, reducing the time to market, and improving the freshness of information that is delivered. CPhA also expects to offer its customers more customized publications to fit individual requirements.

About Canadian Pharmacists

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the national voluntary organization of pharmacists committed to providing leadership for the profession. Their vision is to establish the pharmacists as the health professional whose practice, based on unique knowledge and skills about drug therapy, ensures optimal patience outcomes. CPhA achieves its vision by serving its members through advocacy, facilitation, provision of knowledge, participation in partnerships, research, innovation, education and health promotion. For more information please visit http://www.pharmacists.ca.

About Arbortext

Arbortext is the only global provider of XML-based multichannel software that enables the creation, editing and publishing of information to multiple media types - Web, print, CD-ROM, wireless - from a single source of content. Shipping since 1991, Arbortext's standards-based software supports technical publishing, reference publishing and business publishing applications that enable enterprises to provide more accurate, cost-efficient, complete, timely, consistent and usable information on all media. Arbortext's software is installed at over 300 large multinational organizations. Current customers include American Express Financial Services, Audi, Boeing, British Aerospace, Caterpillar, DaimlerChrysler, Ericsson Telecom, Ford, General Electric, GM, IBM, International Thomson Publishing, Lucent, Nokia, Nortel Networks, PeopleSoft, Pfizer, Qantas, Ricoh, Sun Microsystems, United Airlines, Volkswagen, Volvo and West Group. Arbortext is a founding member and active participant in the XML Activity of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Arbortext has offices around the world. For more information please visit http://www.arbortext.com.
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