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Cardinal Health Signs Agreement with Premier to Provide Medical and Surgical Kits
07/17/2006

DUBLIN, Ohio, July 17, 2006 -- Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH), the leading provider of products and services supporting the health-care industry, today announced it has signed two non-exclusive agreements with Premier to provide a variety of kits to Premier’s hospital and health-care system members. Both agreements run for three years beginning August 1, 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the first agreement, Cardinal Health will manufacture and distribute nearly 100 configurations of standard Operating Room basin, suture removal, and laceration kits to Premier’s members.

As part of the second agreement, Cardinal Health will manufacture and distribute standard and custom personal care kits including non-sterile admission, pediatric and amenities kits.  The company will provide 22 types of standard kits.

'These two contracts are a great complement to the custom kitting contract that we have with Premier,' said Jeff Blair, Cardinal Health’s vice president of marketing for Presource. 'This will allow us to more effectively build customer-focused programs using our full range of kitting solutions with the Premier membership.'

About Premier Premier Inc. is a healthcare alliance entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation’s leading not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. These organizations operate or are affiliated with nearly 1,500 hospitals and more than 38,500 other healthcare sites. Premier helps its members and clients accelerate their clinical and financial performance. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Premier has offices in Charlotte, NC, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $75 billion, global company serving the health-care industry with a broad portfolio of products and services. Through its diverse offering, Cardinal Health delivers integrated health-care solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve efficiency and deliver better care to patients. The company manufactures, packages and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, offers a range of clinical services and develops automation products that improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 55,000 people on six continents. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com.

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