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CONTACT: Valerie Briggs
Director of External Communications
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TAMPA, FL (Oct. 13, 2008) - AmerisourceBergen was honored Monday with the 2008 NCPA Corporate Recognition Award at the National Community Pharmacists Association's (NCPA) 110th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 11-15 in Tampa, FL. The annual award, sponsored by the NCPA Foundation, recognizes companies for their support of independent community pharmacies.

"AmerisourceBergen continues to be integral to the success and expansion of community pharmacies across the country," said Stephen L. Giroux, RPh, NCPA President and an upstate New York pharmacy owner. "They are very deserving of being honored with the 2008 NCPA Corporate Recognition Award and we certainly have every expectation of the relationship remaining as strong as ever for years to come."

This year's winner, AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC) is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies and is ranked 28th on the Fortune 500 list. In the United States, AmerisourceBergen handles about 25 percent of all pharmaceuticals sold and distributed. The company's strong support of community pharmacy is demonstrated by their network of nearly 5,000 independently-owned community pharmacies. The network includes more than 3,000 Good Neighbor Pharmacy® stores and over 1700 affiliated stores in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provider Network.

"We are proud to receive this honor and remain dedicated to the continuing growth and prosperity of independent community pharmacy and small regional chains," said R. David Yost, President and CEO of AmerisourceBergen. "Independent pharmacy remains a critical part of the healthcare delivery system – and we are gratified to work with NCPA and the independent pharmacy community."

AmerisourceBergen offers a broad range of services to customers designed to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, allowing customers to improve delivery of healthcare to patients and lower overall costs in the pharmaceutical supply channel.

AmerisourceBergen was an early proponent of electronic prescribing, enrolling all of their Good Neighbor Pharmacy stores in the SureScript program, which was founded by NCPA and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of the overall prescribing process.

"The strongest corporate partnership is based on a shared —a vision that is a vehicle for building shared meaning," said Sharlea Leatherwood, RPh, NCPA Foundation president. "This shared vision has helped advance independent pharmacy in today's competitive health care marketplace. AmerisourceBergen is an exemplary corporate partner and worthy of this recognition."

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to

AmerisourceBergen is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving the United States, Canada and selected global markets. 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 reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services. With more than $70 billion in annualized revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs approximately 11,200 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #28 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to


Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314