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QED International Associates Announces Changes to the HealthShares(TM) GI/Gender Health Index

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- QED International Associates, Inc, administrator for the HealthShares(TM) Indexes, a series of 20 underlying indexes for the HealthShares(TM) Exchange-Traded Funds, today announced that effective at the opening of trading on Friday February 29, 2008, UCB SA (Brussels: UCB.BR) will replace Axcan Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq (GS): AXCA) in the HealthShares(TM) GI/Gender Health Index. Axcan Pharma is being acquired by an affiliate of TPG Capital, a leading private investment firm founded in 1992.

Companies included in the GI/Gender Health Index are engaged in the research, clinical development and/or commercialization of therapeutic agents for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis; genitourinary disorders such as overactive bladder, urge incontinence, stress incontinence and urinary tract infection; and gender health matters including sexual dysfunction (male and female), endometriosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prolapsed womb and reproductive health..

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QED International Associates, based in New York, is a leading financial industry consulting firm specializing in quantitative modeling and the design, development and maintenance of indexes and Exchange Traded Funds. For more information, visit the company's website at

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