AmerisourceBergen Extends Contract with AdvancePCS
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 9, 2004--AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), the largest pharmaceutical services company in the U.S. dedicated solely to the pharmaceutical supply channel, today announced that it has agreed to extend its pharmaceutical distribution contract with AdvancePCS for six months to September 30, 2004. The extension begins April 1, 2004 and can be terminated with 90 days notice.
Under the contract, AmerisourceBergen services AdvancePCS mail order facilities. The AdvancePCS contract represented more than 6 percent of AmerisourceBergen's pharmaceutical distribution operating revenue in the December quarter of 2003.
AmerisourceBergen said its diluted earnings per share expectations for fiscal year 2004, which ends September 30, 2004, remain unchanged at $4.10 to $4.20, excluding special items.
AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) is the largest pharmaceutical services company in the United States dedicated solely to the pharmaceutical supply channel. It is the leading distributor of pharmaceutical products and services to the hospital market, physician's offices, alternate care and mail order facilities, and independent and chain pharmacies. The Company is also a leader in the long term care pharmacy marketplace, the workers' compensation fulfillment business and contract packaging for manufacturers. With more than $45 billion in annualized operating revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs more than 14,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #24 on the Fortune 500 list and was ranked #6 in the 2003 Business Week 50, a list of the 50 best performing companies in the S & P 500. For more information, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.
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