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Good Neighbor Pharmacy And Keiko Matsui Partner To Benefit National Bone Marrow Donor Program

July 31, 2001

Orange, CA - July 31, 2001 - Good Neighbor Pharmacy®, and Keiko Matsui, the top-selling jazz keyboardist currently ranked number one by Billboard magazine, have joined forces to help raise awareness and funding for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Through a series of sponsored concerts spanning three continents, and through the production and distribution of a specially-produced CD, Ms. Matsui and Good Neighbor Pharmacy will help elevate the public's awareness and raise funds for marrow donors, especially in the Asian, African-American and Hispanic communities.

"Healthcare is our chief concern. Our sponsorship of Ms. Matsui's Deep Blue World Tour gives our pharmacies the opportunity to educate the public and help give more visibility to this health-related cause. We are proud to lend our national network to further their efforts," stated Dave Wright, National Director for Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

A portion of proceeds raised from Ms. Matsui's Deep Blue Tour will directly benefit the foundation, as will funds collected from the distribution of her special "Gift of Life" CD, which will be available at retail Good Neighbor Pharmacy locations around the nation. More than 2,000 independently owned and operated community pharmacies comprise the Good Neighbor Pharmacy network, which was recently selected as the nation's 7th most popular drug store chain in 2000 Retail Pharmacy Digest. The CD contains four cuts, two of which are new, and will be available immediately for a $5.00 donation. It will also be available on the website, as well as at select music retailers.

The songs to be part of the Electronic Platform CD will include "Hope," two other songs from Keiko's catalog and a new version of the song "Water for the Tribe" from her upcoming release. The EP will also include a multimedia platform, allowing users to view video footage, photographs, and animated text on their computers. The video portion will include messages from supporters of The NMDP, Keiko Matsui and other celebrities.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is the international leader in the facilitation of unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplantation. A non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn., the NMDP facilitates unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases who do not have matching donors in their families.

Since its founding in 1986, the NMDP has facilitated approximately 12,000 unrelated transplants for patients with blood disorders, such as leukemia and aplastic anemia, as well as certain immune system and genetic disorders. The NMDP is the only organization that offers a single point of access for all sources of stem cells used in transplantation: marrow, peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood. At any given time, the NMDP offers hope to more than 3,000 patients searching its Registry.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy is the nation's premier network of independently owned and operated community pharmacies served by Bergen Brunswig. There are more than 2,000 pharmacies nationwide operating under the Good Neighbor Pharmacy name. To locate the Good Neighbor Pharmacy nearest you, call 888-GNP-STOR, or access the Internet website at

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 store, 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.

Except for historical information, all other information set forth in this press release, such as earnings forecasts and earnings rate projections, consists of "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These "forward-looking statements" are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied. Such statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking language such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "think," "continue" or the negatives or other variations thereof or other similar terminology. Such risks and uncertainties include the risks described in exhibit 99(a) to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2000 and in other reports and exhibits filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the costs and difficulties related to the integration of acquired businesses, the loss or disruption of one or more key customer or supplier relationships, changes in the distribution outsourcing pattern for pharmaceutical products and/or services, the ability to obtain general financing or financing rates that would be compatible with the Company's business operations, and the costs and other effects of governmental regulation and legal and administrative proceedings. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in the release.

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Keiko Matsui

Deep Blue World Tour Dates




Sat, Jul 21

Healdsburg, CA

Rodney Strong Vineyard

Sun, Jul 22

Saratoga, CA

Villa Montalvo

Sat, Jul 28

Long Beach, CA

Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Sat, Aug 4

Las Vegas, NV

Boulder Station Hotel

Sun, Aug 5

San Diego, CA

Humphrey' s

Tues, Aug 7

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem Music Fest

Thurs, Aug 9

Milwaukee, WI

Jazz At The Park

Sat, Sep 1

Johannesburg, South Africa

Mega Music

Sun, Sep 2

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Laboratory

Thurs, Sep 6

Tempe, AZ

Red River Music Hall

Fri, Sep 7

Newport Beach, CA

Hyatt Newporter

Sat, Sep 8

Fresno, CA

Tower Theater

Sat, Sep 15


Jazz Festival

Fri, Sep 21

Morioka, JAPAN

Shimin-Bunka Hall

Sun, Sep 23

Yokohama, JAPAN

Kannai Hall

Mon, Sep 24

Miyazaki, JAPAN

Kenritsu Geijutsu ekijou

Tue, Sep 25

Fukuoka, JAPAN

Meru Paruku Hall

Thurs, Sep 27

Tokyo, JAPAN

Orchard Hall

Fri, Sep 28

Sapporo, JAPAN

Zepp Sapporo

Fri, Mar 29, 2002

Washington D.C.

Kennedy Center

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