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Baxter Reports Strong Third Quarter Sales and Earnings
Date:10/18/2007

nd development increased 36 percent (or 13 percent on an adjusted basis) in the quarter; and the company announced several collaborations and agreements during the period, including:

-- An agreement with Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. to apply Halozyme's

proprietary Enhanze(TM) Technology to the development of a subcutaneous

route of administration for Baxter's GAMMAGARD LIQUID(TM) 10% [Immune

Globulin Intravenous (Human)] (IGIV) (known as KIOVIG(TM) in Europe).

For patients using GAMMAGARD LIQUID 10% - currently administered

intravenously - subcutaneous administration with Enhanze Technology may

increase convenience and improve the dispersion of the therapy.

-- A collaboration with DEKA Research & Development Corp. and HHD, LLC for

the development of a next-generation home hemodialysis machine, to

further expand the company's leadership in home dialysis therapy.

-- A joint venture to produce and sell parenteral nutrition products in

China as Guangzhou Baxter Qiaoguang Healthcare Co. Ltd., based in

Guangzhou, China.

"We are very pleased with the quality of our financial performance overall, and in particular the ongoing strength of our cash flow," said Robert M. Davis, chief financial officer. "Our strong financial position allowed us the flexibility to invest in long-term growth through research and development and business development initiatives, as well as to increase our share repurchases in the quarter."

During the third quarter, Baxter repurchased 15.3 million shares of common stock, for approximately $827 million. For the first nine months of 2007, the company repurchased a total of $1.6 billion in common stock, or 30.4 million shares. In addition, following the payment of the 2006 annual dividend in January, Baxter reinstituted a quarterly schedule for payment of dividends in April of this year and increased the annual dividend rate for 200
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