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Bergen Brunswig Expands Capabilities Of iBergen Website

01/16/01
Orange, CA - January 16, 2001 - Bergen Brunswig Drug Company (BBDC), a subsidiary of Bergen Brunswig Corporation (NYSE: BBC), recently exhibited the newest capabilities of iBergen -- one of the industry's premier web-enabled portals for ordering pharmaceuticals -- at the 35th Annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacies (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibits in Las Vegas.

Bergen's capabilities include Interlinxâ„¢ catalog and order entry, which is comprised of two components: a Web version utilizing leading Internet technology accessible through any PC; and an off-line version of the catalog that can be downloaded from the Web onto a desktop. New functions include contract management tools, which allow the customer to view contract membership affiliation as well as review pricing and change history, as well as iScan, a wireless barcode receiving technology, that allows customers to retrieve, edit, confirm and approve invoices against product actually received in a delivery.

"With today's focus on Internet offerings for the healthcare industry, I am very proud of the useful application and relevant value of these expanded capabilities," said Brent Martini, president, BBDC. "Bergen's Internet technology is at the forefront of providing procurement solutions for the pharmaceutical industry."

iBergen's capabilities were well received by ASHP attendees who visited Bergen's exhibit or participated in round table discussions.

"The number of attendees who participated and ultimately subscribed to iBergen is evidence of the promise that the portal has to offer," said Doug Swanson, president of BBDC health systems. "The meeting's attendees were impressed with the variety of consulting and process improvement initiatives that iBergen provides, which directly enhances a pharmacy director's effectiveness."

Since it's inception in June 2000, iBergen has enrolled more than 1,000 subscribers, Swanson said.

At the midyear meetings, Bergen also hosted presentations and Continuing Education classes discussing relevant and pressing issues affecting today's healthcare environment, including improved pharmacy purchasing, healthcare fraud and abuse, and legal issues facing pharmacies.

Detailed information about the capabilities of iBergen is available at www.ibergen.com.

Bergen Brunswig Corporation, headquartered in Orange County, California, is a leading supplier of pharmaceuticals and specialty healthcare products, as well as information management solutions and consulting services.

Bergen's customers include the nation's healthcare providers (hospitals, nursing homes and physicians), drug stores, manufacturers and patients. Through its subsidiaries, Bergen provides product distribution; logistics; pharmacy management programs; and Internet fulfillment strategies designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes across the entire healthcare spectrum.

Bergen Brunswig press releases are available on the company's website at www.bergenbrunswig.com

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