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Baxter to Launch GARDian(TM), a Groundbreaking Initiative That Helps Provide Continued Access to GAMMAGARD for Current Patients
Date:8/22/2007

for its lower content of certain

immunoglobulins called IgA, for certain patients experiencing adverse

reactions from other IGIV therapies.

-- GAMMAGARD LIQUID and GAMMAGARD S/D Portability - Launched in late 2006,

this program is designed to provide hospitals with continued access to

GAMMAGARD irrespective of changes to their group purchasing

organization affiliation.

Patient organizations welcomed the announcement of Baxter's newest patient access innovation. "Access to the IGIV product prescribed by their physician is extremely important for PI patients," said Marcia Boyle, founder and president of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, a national nonprofit patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases through research, education and advocacy. "Baxter's program will be extremely helpful to PI patients by reassuring that they will not have to change from their product of choice." Noting the success of Baxter's other patient centric initiatives, Ms. Boyle added, "We would love to see such a program developed for all of the patients in our community who use GAMMAGARD LIQUID and GAMMAGARD S/D."

"Baxter has been a pioneer in advancing the science of IGIV, and its intent to establish a program that maintains continuity in IGIV therapy at the patient level is an important innovation in the industry -- one that is sure to be embraced by PID patients who use GAMMAGARD LIQUID and GAMMAGARD S/D," added Fred Modell, co-founder of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to early and precise diagnosis, meaningful treatment and ultimately cures of PID.

Baxter's GARDian Program

Baxter plans to launch a pilot of GARDian in early 2008. The pilot initiative and the ensuing program will be open to current patients in the United States that routinely use the product as prescribed by a physician. Using a simple, volunt
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