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SCHUETTE DELIVERS MEDICAL AID TO FORMER SOVIET UNION

 SCHUETTE DELIVERS MEDICAL AID TO FORMER SOVIET UNION
 LANSING, Mich., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Schuette, director of


the Michigan Department of Agriculture, will deliver 900,000 aspirin tablets to the governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Saturday, May 23. Government officials in Russia and the Ukraine have vowed to distribute the analgesic to hospitals and other health-care agencies.
 Schuette, who is in the former Soviet state on a tour of agricultural operations, said the aspirin was donated by The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) of Midland, Mich., and Perrigo Company (NASDAQ-NMS: PRGO) of Allegan, Mich.
 "This is a generous donation of humanitarian aid by two outstanding Michigan companies," said Schuette. "It speaks highly of the corporate benevolence that exists in America, not only toward neighbors, but also citizens halfway around the globe who are in need of help."
 Dow processed the aspirin, technically called acetylsalicylic acid, and Perrigo pressed it into tablets. Dow has been making aspirin for over 75 years.
 Aspirin is considered to be the world's most-popular analgesic (pain reliever) and has been used for 2,000 years. It is related to salicin, the active compound found in the bark of willow trees and other plants. Only in recent years have researchers discovered aspirin benefits that go beyond pain relief. Among the most notable are findings that aspirin can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
 "The employees of The Dow Chemical Company are pleased to offer this delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people of the former Soviet Union," said David Buzzelli, vice president and corporate director of Environment, Health and Safety. "At Dow, we have a proud history of helping people in need; we hope the health-care needs of Russians and Ukrainians are at least partially met with this Michigan-made aspirin."
 The need for such basic health-care products as aspirin, syringes and bandages has been detailed in recent weeks on television and in print. Last Saturday's (May 16) New York Times said, "In an inflationary economy, with a new government trying to cut spending, medical care is being starved of money ... causing severe shortages of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals as basic as aspirin."
 Schuette said the agricultural tour's sponsor, the American Ambassador Program of People to People International, worked tirelessly to get the medicine from Michigan into the hands of government officials in Moscow, a feat not always accomplished by others donating aid since the fall of communism. In a ceremony on Saturday at Russia's Ministry of Social Protection, Schuette will present approximately 450,000 aspirin tablets to Ella A. Pamfilova, head of the Main Department of Humanitarian and Technical Aid for the Country of Russia.
 Later, approximately 350,000 tablets will be sent to St. Petersburg, Russia, and 100,000 tablets to a coal miner's hospital in Donetsk, just outside Kiev, Ukraine.
 Schuette will also deliver 500 disposable hypodermic syringes to officials in Minsk, Belarus. The syringes were donated by the MidMichigan Regional Medical Center in Midland.
 According to Schuette, "It is important to travel during this time of need with hands full of gifts that improve the lives of others. While the focus of my trip is agriculture, I have welcomed the opportunity to be not only a messenger of friendship, but a transporter of life-giving medical assistance."
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