NeighborCare Acquires UniScripts LTC

BALTIMORE, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NeighborCare, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of UniScripts, Inc. of Greensburg that operates out of a location in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. UniScripts is a long-term care pharmacy serving skilled living facilities, assisted living facilities and youth homes in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA.

UniScripts currently generates revenue of approximately $8 million on an annualized basis and serves approximately 1,500 beds. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

John J. Arlotta, NeighborCare's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "The UniScripts acquisition continues our strategy to acquire long term care pharmacies that either enhance our geographic presence or can be integrated into our existing pharmacy infrastructure. In this case, UniScripts is a nice complement to our current coverage in the Pittsburgh area, and is another example of how we are executing on our previously announced plans to grow our business both organically and through strategic acquisitions."

About NeighborCare, Inc.

NeighborCare, Inc. is one of the nation's leading institutional pharmacy providers serving long term care and skilled nursing facilities, specialty hospitals, assisted and independent living communities, and other assorted group settings. NeighborCare also provides infusion therapy services, home medical equipment, respiratory therapy services, community-based retail pharmacies and group purchasing. In total, NeighborCare's operations span the nation, providing pharmaceutical services in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Visit our website at http://www.neighborcare.com/.

Statements made in this document, our website and in our other public filings and releases, which are not historical facts contain "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the federal securities laws) that involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements containing words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may", "target" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the effect of the spin-off on our operations, expected changes in reimbursement rates and inflationary increases in state Medicaid rates, expected bed count, expected SG&A expense, anticipated restructuring charges and estimates of timing and costs savings related to cost improvement initiatives. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the following: costs, changes in the reimbursement rates or methods of payment from Medicare or Medicaid, or the implementation of other measures to reduce reimbursement for our services; changes in pharmacy legislation and payment formulas; the expiration of enactments providing for additional government funding; efforts of third party payors to control costs; the impact of federal and state regulations; changes in payor mix and payment methodologies; further consolidation of managed care organizations and other third party payors; competition in our business; an increase in insurance costs and potential liability for losses not covered by, or in excess of, our insurance; competition for qualified staff in the healthcare industry; our ability to control operating costs, and generate sufficient cash flow to meet operational and financial requirements; and an economic downturn or changes in the laws affecting our business in those markets in which NeighborCare operates. Our Business, operations or results could also be affected by the effects of Omnicare's tender offer or its pendency on the company and its business, employees, customers and suppliers.

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NeighborCare, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Tania Almond, Investor Relations,NeighborCare, +1-410-528-7555, or Media Contact: Denise DesChenes or DanGagnier, Citigate Sard Verbinnen, +1-212-687-8080, for NeighborCare

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