Company name United Drug PLC
Headline Acquisition of US pharmacovigilance business

RNS Number : 7942K
United Drug PLC
28 August 2012



United Drug acquires leading US pharmacovigilance business



28 August 2012: United Drug plc, a leading international provider of healthcare services announces that it has reached agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Drug Safety Alliance Inc. ("DSA") for a total consideration of up to $28 million.


Transaction highlights


·    DSA, based in North Carolina, USA employs 94 people and provides safety and risk management services supporting pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, animal and consumer health organisations. The services include all activities related to the detection, assessment, analysis and reporting of adverse drug reactions.


·    DSA is complementary to our US medical information business, Alliance, and will allow us to offer clients an integrated call centre and case processing pharmacovigilance service. Both businesses will form part of our Sales, Marketing & Medical division.


·    $21 million of the consideration is payable in cash on completion with an additional amount of up to $7 million payable after three years based on achievement of agreed profit targets. The acquisition will be financed from United Drug's internal resources and existing debt facilities and is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings.



Commenting on the announcement, Liam FitzGerald, Chief Executive of United Drug said:


"I am delighted to welcome the DSA team to United Drug. This is a business with a reputation for high quality service delivery to clients and with our existing medical information business will position us as a leading provider of drug safety and product quality information services in the US. Along with our other recent acquisitions, this transaction extends United Drug's position and reputation as an international provider of outsourced services to life sciences companies with an unrivalled service offering."




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Liam FitzGerald

Pauline McAlester

Greg Lawless/Lisa Kavanagh

Barry Mc Grane

Irish media

UK media

United Drug plc

Murray Consultants


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About United Drug plc


Listed on the Stock Exchanges in London and Dublin, United Drug is a leading international provider of services to healthcare manufacturers and pharmaceutical retailers, with operations in over 20 countries including: the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the USA. 


The Company operates across three divisions, Healthcare Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing & Medical, and Packaging & Specialty.


In Healthcare Supply Chain, United Drug is the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the island of Ireland. It is also the market leader in contract distribution outsourcing (pre-wholesaling) in Ireland and has achieved the No. 1 position in the UK through its joint venture business UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG). The Company provides specials medicines manufacturing and distribution services in the UK. Through its medical & scientific operations, United Drug provides sales & marketing and technical service solutions, including contract distribution services to a wide range of medical & scientific equipment & consumable manufacturers, with a market leading position in Ireland and an emerging presence in the UK.


In the Sales, Marketing & Medical division United Drug is a global leader in the  provision of contract sales outsourcing services to pharmaceutical manufacturers with operations in major markets including Continental Europe, the UK, North America and a presence in South America. United Drug also provides related marketing services to pharmaceutical manufacturers in each of these markets.


In the Packaging & Specialty division United Drug is a leading international provider of pharmaceutical contract packaging services with facilities in the US, UK, Dutch and Belgian markets. The Company also provides speciality distribution and homecare services in the UK and Ireland.

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