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Hospira Acquires Sculptor
Date:4/30/2008

- Acquisition Provides Bar Code Point-of-Care Technology to Enhance Patient

Safety and Clinician Workflow Capabilities -

LAKE FOREST, Ill., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, and St. Clair Health Corporation, today announced that Hospira has acquired Sculptor Developmental Technologies, a subsidiary of St. Clair Health Corporation. Sculptor is a leading software engineering company formed by St. Clair Hospital in 1993 to advance the use of technology to improve patient care. As part of a related arrangement, St. Clair Hospital will serve as a development and test site for Hospira medication management products.

"Acquiring Sculptor expands Hospira's ability to offer device and software solutions that enhance safety and productivity," said Chris Kolber, president, Global Devices, Hospira. "Their approach to developing products designed by clinicians, for clinicians, results in high adoption rates and an immediate impact to patient safety and clinician efficiency."

Sculptor developed VeriScan Rx, a software application that supports bar code medication administration at the point of care. It is designed to streamline the medication administration process to enhance patient safety and clinician workflow.

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), medication errors impact 1.5 million people in the United States per year. Bar code enabled systems are becoming increasingly important to addressing medication errors by verifying the "five rights" of medication administration: right medication, right dose, right patient, right time and right route of administration.

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