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Baxter Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index for Tenth Consecutive Year
Date:9/5/2008

Company Named 2008 Medical Products Industry Leader

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) announced today that it has been named 2008 Medical Products Industry Leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America). This marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has been listed in the DJSI and the seventh year the company has been named Medical Products Industry Leader since the launch of the DJSI in 1999.

Baxter's leadership position resulted from best scores across a number of performance areas including bioethics, codes of conduct, environmental policy/management, occupational health and safety, and social and environmental reporting.

"We believe our efforts in sustainability enhance shareholder value by making Baxter a more competitive company," said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Baxter's chairman and chief executive officer. "Baxter's approach to sustainability inspires innovation and discipline, and reflects the quality of our people and our company culture."

The Dow Jones Sustainability indices, derived from the Dow Jones Global Index, are the world's first benchmarks tracking the financial performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The DJSI World Index tracks the financial performance of the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies in the Dow Jones Global Index in terms of social, economic and environmental performance. The DJSI North America Index includes the top 20 percent in each of 57 sectors out of the largest 600 North American companies in the Dow Jones Global Index.

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