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AmerisourceBergen to Acquire Oncology Service Provider, NMCR, LLC.; AmerisourceBergen Adds Accredited Physician Education and Analytical Research to Its Oncology Portfolio

January 10, 2006

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 10, 2006--AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Network for Medical Communications & Research, LLC. (NMCR), a privately held provider of physician accredited continuing medical education (CME) and analytical research for the oncology market that is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the purchase price of approximately $90 million including assumed debt. AmerisourceBergen anticipates NMCR will be accretive to fiscal year 2006 earnings per share by approximately $0.01. The acquisition is expected to close during the quarter ending March 31, 2006, subject to regulatory approvals.

"NMCR is an excellent addition to our Specialty Group's market-leading oncology distribution and services business," said R. David Yost, AmerisourceBergen Chief Executive Officer. "With services to oncology drug manufacturers and physicians, NMCR supports AmerisourceBergen's strategy of focusing on servicing the manufacturers and healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel."

NMCR's analytics business uses physician panels and case studies to research and analyze cancer treatment regimes, resulting in practical data that our manufacturing customers find very valuable. The CME business will complement AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group's Imedex accredited CME unit. AmerisourceBergen will operate NMCR as part of the Specialty Group's manufacturer services business, which includes physician education, analytics, reimbursement consulting, third party logistics and other support services.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) is one of the largest pharmaceutical services companies in the United States. Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel, the Company provides drug distribution and related services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. AmerisourceBergen's service solutions range from pharmacy automation and pharmaceutical packaging to pharmacy services for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services, and physician education. With more than $54 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs more than 13,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #23 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to


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More detailed information about these and other risk factors is set forth in AmerisourceBergen's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2005.

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    CONTACT: AmerisourceBergen Corporation
             Michael N. Kilpatric, 610-727-7118
             Barbara Brungess, 610-727-7199

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