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Hopkins to Publish Print Edition of Johns Hopkins Antibiotics (ABX) Guide

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media contact: Gary Stephenson
June 30, 2005

Hopkins to Publish Print Edition of Johns Hopkins Antibiotics (ABX) Guide

The Johns Hopkins Point of Care-Information Technology (POC-IT) Center is teaming with Thomson PDR to publish, market and distribute the first print edition of the Johns Hopkins Antibiotics (ABX) Guide, currently available to 280,000 physicians and other users via the World Wide Web and handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. PDR, a part of the Thomson Corporation (NYSE:TOC; TSX:TOC), is a customer-focused company known for combining authoritative medical content with integrated information solutions for physicians, researchers and other health care professionals worldwide.

Authored by 30 infectious disease specialists working with Hopkins, the ABX Guide gives physicians actionable and timely information on diagnosis and treatment combinations, drug interactions and references. The content is organized the way physicians work, so they can quickly get answers to their questions on the latest topics - such as antibiotic treatments for SARS, avian flu, MRSA, acinetobacter, West Nile virus, prion diseases and anthrax. With the severity of many of these conditions, having printed guidance on hand helps physicians quickly respond and enhances patient safety.

"The high quality, clinically relevant information from the John Hopkins POC-IT Center is a perfect match for the PDR solution set," said Dave Duplay, executive vice president of Thomson PDR. "By working together, we’re putting the most relevant clinical information into the hands of professionals who administer patient care."

Thomson PDR will produce, distribute and market the new print version of the ABX Guide, while the Hopkins experts will be responsible for its content.

John Bartlett, M.D., Paul G. Auwaerter, M.D., and Paul Pham, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., will edit the PDR Johns Hopkins POC-IT ABX Guide Book. This print version will be available in the summer of 2005. More details can be found at and .
"We are excited about our relationship with Thomson PDR, which we believe will add significantly to the reach of the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide," says Bartlett, senior editor of the ABX Guide and chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins. "This collaboration promises to greatly expand the reach of POC-IT Center services on behalf of clinicians and their patients." Future plans call for Thomson PDR and the POC-IT Center to jointly release other POC-IT guides, such as those for cardiology and HIV, while exploring additional development opportunities in electronic point-of-care resources.

About The Thomson Corporation
The Thomson Corporation ( ), with 2004 revenues of $8.10 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of scientific research, health care, law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, and corporate e-learning and assessment. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (TSX: TOC; NYSE: TOC).

Johns Hopkins Antibiotics (ABX) Guide
POC-IT Center: The Johns Hopkins Point of Care Information Technology (POC-IT) Center has five years of experience developing large, flexible, electronic clinical information databases that are specifically adapted to point-of-care needs, pioneering the use of handheld PDA devices to deliver evidence-based decision support information at the bedside. A comprehensive infectious disease diagnosis and treatment database, "The ABX Guide"  (, was launched in August 2000 and currently has more than 300,000 registered users. In October 2004, the POC-IT Center launched the HIV Guide (, a complete clinical (and electronic) resource for managing HIV, drawing from the expertise of multiple HIV experts.