April 19, 2005 10:30 ET

Long Term Care Pharmacists Rank HEALTHPOINT® in Top Ten Pharmaceutical Companies

FORT WORTH, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- Verispan, LLC has listed HEALTHPOINT Ltd. among the top ten pharmaceutical companies best able to meet the overall long term care (LTC) industry needs in four areas: contracts, value-added services, account personnel and corporate approach.

This is HEALTHPOINT's first top 10 appearance on this prestigious list based upon the responses of LTC pharmacy providers and consultants in a Nursing Home Pharmacy Provider/Consultant Promotional Audit that took place during the audit cycle in the fall of 2004. These providers and consultants represent a majority of the LTC pharmacists serving nursing home and assisted-living beds in the United States.

Current efforts at HEALTHPOINT are directed toward chronic wounds such as pressure, venous, and diabetic ulcers; and associated skin conditions like peri-wound dermatitis, incontinence-related skin problems and maceration. HEALTHPOINT markets prescription drugs for skin and soft tissue, including those for the treatment of compromised tissue such as full and partial thickness wounds, as well as for the management of intact skin.

"The ranking positions our company among the top ten performers, which is quite an honor for HEALTHPOINT," said Joe Santoro, Vice President of Healthcare Systems at HEALTHPOINT. "Pharmacists play a pivotal role in long term care and we are very pleased to be recognized by these health care professionals who are uniquely dedicated to serving the elderly."

In addition to HEALTHPOINT, the Verispan list includes such industry players as Johnson & Johnson, Forest Laboratories, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Amgen Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, AstraZeneca, and Akzo Nobel.

Since its inception in 1992, HEALTHPOINT has established a U.S. presence in the research, development, and marketing of branded pharmaceuticals, over the counter drugs, and medical devices for tissue management, dermatology, and surgical indications. An aggressive research and development effort has brought HEALTHPOINT's unique technologies to the market, setting the pace for its highly trained field sales organization of direct sales representatives. HEALTHPOINT, with over 300 employees, is a DFB Pharmaceuticals, Inc. affiliate. Visit

Verispan is the nation's leading provider of patient-centric longitudinal data. Headquartered in Yardley, Pa., Verispan has 500 employees. For more information on the Nursing Home Pharmacy Provider/Consultant Promotional Audit call (800) 982-5613. The company's Web site is

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