SOURCE: iSoft Corporation

June 14, 2005 09:05 ET

iSoft e222 Controlled Substance Ordering System Successfully Completes Initial Drummond Group CSOS Audit Certification

Certification Ensures Manufacturers and Distributors Can Exchange e222 Forms for Controlled Substance Ordering and Fulfillment in a Predictable and Secure Manner Compliant With DEA Requirements

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 14, 2005 -- iSoft Corporation (www.isoft.com), a leading provider of secure file transfer and enterprise connectivity software, and Drummond Group Inc., (DGI), a leading interoperability and conformance testing company, today announced that the iSoft e222 Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS) has successfully completed DGI's initial CSOS audit certification and received the DGI Certificate of Compliance as a Controlled Substance Ordering System.

The DGI Certificate of Compliance ensures that the iSoft e222 application is in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Parts 1311.55.b and 13.11.55.c.

CSOS is an electronic commerce initiative overseen by the DEA to provide an automated alternative to the current paper-intensive process required for purchasing and distributing Level I and II controlled substances. The DEA's proposed rule for CSOS includes technical and business requirements for products used to digitally sign, transmit or receive e222 forms. Software companies that provide these products must participate in an initial audit of the product and additional audits when changes are made to the core digital signing technology. End-user companies that build in-house CSOS systems for digital signing, transmission or receipt of e222 forms also must be audited.

Once CSOS is implemented within the entire wholesale pharmaceutical industry, including manufacturers and distributors, the DEA estimates overall annual savings of about $264 million, or $1.8 billion over a period of ten years.

The iSoft e222 CSOS application creates an electronic equivalent of the DEA paper Form 222 (e222), supports digital signatures and provides a secure, reliable foundation for managing transactions between manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies and the DEA's Controlled Substance Ordering Systems -- eliminating the manual processing of Form 222.

It provides enterprises greater efficiency across the entire demand and supply chain with features such as automated pre-configured deployments for easier user implementations, EDI document generation and translation, and application and database integration providing superior flexibility to fit in with your existing environment.

Mapping and translation features enable end-user organizations to easily import existing orders into the iSoft e222 system, giving them the freedom to process orders using various document standards. Additionally, acknowledgements returned from suppliers can be easily processed back into existing legacy systems to meet specific integration needs. Automated deployment services allow distributors to provide branded, pre-configured application deployments to their clients to ease the burden of on-boarding and setup. For buyers, such as pharmacies, iSoft e222 can now integrate with current order entry systems using API calls to HTML pages, enabling users to seamlessly leverage the power, security, efficiency, and reporting services of iSoft e222, while continuing to use legacy order-entry systems.

Database integration enables the importing of controlled substance item tables into the iSoft e222 database, with the option to use the FDA/DEA drug tables provided by iSoft. This provides for automatic database updates as controlled substance items are added, changed, or deleted.

iSoft Commerce Suite, the underlying AS2 subsystem for iSoft e222 (CSOS) provides enhanced secure file transfers for transporting documents securely and reliably over the Internet. Using a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliant module for all its cryptographic operations, the iSoft e222 application fully supports personal signing technology for ensuring message/record integrity, authentication and non-repudiation, various PKCS standards, and SSL for secure connectivity. In addition, sophisticated auditing and reporting features of the product accommodate strict DEA reporting requirements.

"iSoft is pleased to successfully complete and be part of the initial DGI CSOS audit certification," said Roy Hogsed, President and CEO, iSoft Corporation. "To be Drummond Certified™ as a CSOS-compliant application is indicative of iSoft's commitment to the pharmaceutical industry to provide solutions that reduce costs, streamline order and fulfillment processes, and improve overall efficiencies. iSoft's strong support of the DEA's electronic CSOS standard, and our proven CSOS solution provides our customers with absolute confidence in their iSoft e222 CSOS initiative and investment."

To date, 14 of the top wholesale drug or pharmaceutical companies have selected the iSoft e222 (CSOS) application for automating their controlled substance orders and fulfillment. Wholesale drug or pharmaceutical companies that have already selected the iSoft e222 CSOS application include: Bellco Health, Dakota Drug, D & K Healthcare Resources, Inc., DIK DRUG, H.D. Smith, Kinray, Inc., McQueary Brothers Wholesale Drug Company, North Carolina Mutual Wholesale Drug Company, Smith Drug, Valley Wholesale Drug Co, Inc., and Value Drug.

About iSoft Corporation

iSoft Corporation, a premier provider of secure file transfer and enterprise connectivity software, specializes in connectivity solutions that leverage the Internet to improve business performance. Its flagship product, iSoft Commerce Suite, is a comprehensive, component-based connectivity solution for Global 5000 customers requiring a robust, centrally-managed, IP-based communications infrastructure to manage the movement of information, securely and reliably, between internal enterprise systems and those of their customers, suppliers and other business partners. Adaptable to meet the dynamic needs of business, iSoft Commerce Suite integrates with existing back-end systems and is flexible to meet the business and technical demands of an organization's internal customers and external community of business partners. iSoft customers are from a cross section of industries such as consumer packaged goods, distribution, electronics, entertainment, healthcare, high-tech manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail and include some of the world's most recognized brands such as Coty, Inc., D & K Healthcare Resources, Inc., Epson, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC, L'Oreal, McLane Companies, McQueary Brothers Wholesale Drug Company, Paramount Pictures, Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Wyeth. For more information on iSoft Corporation, visit www.isoft.com.

iSoft Corporation, Commerce Suite and iSoft e222 are trademarks of iSoft Corporation. All other names, brands or products referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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