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IMCERA'S MALLINCKRODT MEDICAL UNIT CLOSES AGREEMENT WITH SYNCOR TO DISTRIBUTE TECHNESCAN MAG3 RENAL IMAGING AGENT

 NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- IMCERA Group Inc. (NYSE: IMA) announced today that its Mallinckrodt Medical unit of St. Louis has signed an agency agreement authorizing Syncor International Corp. to distribute its TechneScan MAG3(R) renal imaging agent.
 Since it began selling the product in 1990, Mallinckrodt Medical has distributed the TechneScan MAG3 kit through its own network of 29 nuclear medicine pharmacies and through independent radiopharmacies across the United States.
 The agreement, which will take effect on Feb. 1, 1993, will expand the product's distribution into a number of new U.S. markets through Syncor's national network of nuclear medicine pharmacy service centers.
 "This agreement should significantly increase the availability of TechneScan MAG3 to hospitals throughout the U.S.," said Peter G. Vermeeren, group vice president of nuclear medicine for Mallinckrodt Medical. "We believe that unrestricted distribution of products through all nuclear pharmacies will better serve the nuclear medicine community in the 1990s."
 Mallinckrodt Medical's TechneScan MAG3 is used by nuclear medicine physicians to obtain high quality diagnostic images of kidneys and the renal system. It provides superior images for evaluating kidney diseases, such as obstruction or calculi, and determining kidney function.
 In addition to the U.S., Mallinckrodt Medical sells TechneScan MAG3 in a number of international markets, including Western Europe and Canada.
 The product was named as one of the 10 "most significant product innovations" for 1990 by an industry publication, Radiology Today.
 Mallinckrodt Medical is the leading worldwide supplier of radiopharmaceuticals and a major supplier of products for radiology, cardiology, critical care and anesthesiology. The company had fiscal 1992 net sales and operating earnings of $620 million and $128 million, respectively. Its products are sold in more than 100 countries and are used by more than 7,000 health care facilities in the U.S.
 IMCERA, with fiscal 1992 net sales of more than $1.7 billion, has two other international, technology-based businesses--Mallinckrodt Specialty Chemicals of Chesterfield, Mo., and Pitman-Moore of Lake Forest, Ill.
 Headquartered in Chatsworth, Calif., Syncor International operates a nationwide network of 97 nuclear pharmacy centers and 13 home care pharmacies.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Prichard of IMCERA Group, 708-205-2270/
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