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Facts and Comparisons Launches

Description: Comprehensive web site presents accumulated resources of leading drug information and global medical publisher, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science.

Wolters Kluwer International Health & Sciences
Contact: Lizandaa Gillespie/Amy Losak
Makovsky & Co., Inc.
(212) 508-9621/(212) 508-9679

Comprehensive Web Site Presents Accumulated Resources of Leading Drug Information and Global Medical Publisher

ST. LOUIS, MO, DECEMBER 4, 2000 - Facts and Comparisons(r) announced today the availability of, the premier drug information resource on the Internet for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The Web site combines the reliability of trusted pharmacy reference materials with the immediacy of the Internet and delivers this content on a free and subscription model basis to registered users. is also the source of free workflow and point of service information for healthcare professionals.

As a unit of Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Facts and Comparisons' offers a broad range of credible content from multiple WKIHS sources, such as Griffith's Five Minute Clinical Consult, the quick reference guide for diseases, and leading industry newsletters In Pharma, Drug Therapy & Perspectives, and Reactions Weekly from Adis International. Via Facts and Comparisons offers drug information professionals free access to the printed content of many of its well-known titles. Among these include A-Z Drug Facts, Medfacts, and The Guide to Popular Natural Products. Premium titles such as Drug Facts and Comparisons(r), Drug Interaction Facts, and the Review of Natural Products are also available on a subscription basis via the online, browser-based version eFacts.

"Pharmacists, physicians, and healthcare professionals who are pressed for time are always looking for fast and scientifically reliable resources to answer questions about drug interactions and effective treatment options for chronic diseases and conditions," said John Levon, PharmD, e-Business Development Manager,

Of the more than 1 million pharmacists, physicians, and healthcare professionals in the U.S., most are connected to the Internet, either at work or at home. Traditionally, drug information updates have been available to this highly-specialized group through print media only, with the high volume of supplements delivered through the mail. will fulfill the demand for comprehensive and convenient drug information that can be used daily at the point of service.

"The Facts & Comparisons/ initiative will make nearly all drug, interaction, herbal agent, and tablet/capsule images available to pharmacists and allied health professionals worldwide without the distribution challenges of printed materials," said Steve K. Hebel, President of Facts and Comparisons.

Approximately twenty percent of the content of is accessible for free just by visiting the site; another 50 percent is accessible simply by registering, free of charge. The remaining 30% is accessible via paid subscriptions. is different from other professional reference sites because it successfully incorporates the 5 Cs- Content, Community, Commerce, Connectivity and Collaboration- into its product. features include links to "News," a resource "Library," "Disease/Conditions," "Rx Tools," "Continuing Education," an interactive "Community," and a "Marketplace." Additional content highlights include workflow tools such as "Drug Product ID," which may help reduce the increasing number of prescription errors by making tablets or capsules as simple for pharmacists to identify as a product identification number.

"Any person involved at all in drug management will benefit from registering at this site because it provides a high quality of credibility and depth all at the click of a mouse," said
Dr. Levon. is the premier drug information destination on the Internet for pharmacists, physicians, and healthcare professionals. The Web site is the one-stop Internet portal for free and premium authoritative drug, herbal interaction, disease, and patient information. provides comprehensive, credible, and timely healthcare information as well as practice tools and unique features from strategic partners. As a part of the Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science Internet initiative,, is part of a collective effort to become the leading creators and distributors of online health and medical content to professionals and students around the world. Much of the content and information appearing on was made available by other WKIHS companies, which include Facts and Comparisons, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia; Ovid Technologies, Inc. New York; Kluwer Academic Publishing, Dordrecht, Netherlands; and Adis International, Chester, UK.

Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science is a leading global provider of authoritative health and science information and services. Based in Philadelphia, its member companies offer specialized publications and software in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, science, and related areas.