August 4, 2009

4 August 2009

Alliance Boots announces today that it has signed an agreement to purchase BMP Sunstone Corporation’s 20% interest in Alliance BMP Limited, the Alliance Boots subsidiary that holds a 50% interest in leading Chinese pharmaceutical wholesaler Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation (“GP Corp”). This transaction follows the January 2008 formation of the GP Corp joint venture between Alliance BMP Limited and Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Company Limited. David Gao, Chief Executive Officer, BMP Sunstone Corporation, will continue as Chairman of GP Corp.



Editor’s Notes:


Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services to our customers working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling. Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,000* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 140,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 16* countries. We operate more than 3,200* health and beauty retail stores in nine* countries, of which just under 3,000* have a pharmacy.

* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2009, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.


For further information, please contact:


Yves Romestan / Sanam Conway, Alliance Boots Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871569

Kirsty Flockhart / Zoe Watt, Finsbury Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 380

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