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OWENS & MINOR, INC. ANNOUNCES MEDICAL/SURGICAL SUPPLY AGREEMENT

 OWENS & MINOR, INC. ANNOUNCES MEDICAL/SURGICAL SUPPLY AGREEMENT
 RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI), the nation's second-largest hospital supply distributor, announced today that it has been awarded a Primary Distributor Service Agreement for medical/surgical products with The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, which includes a 933-bed teaching hospital.
 The agreement is for a five-year period and includes a two-year renewal option. Purchases of medical/surgical products under the agreement are estimated to be in excess of $10 million per year. The agreement was signed under the national supply agreement between Owens & Minor and the University Hospital Consortium, Chicago.
 Owens & Minor will be establishing a facility in Columbus to meet the supply needs of The Ohio State University in early 1992. Owens & Minor and The Ohio State University Hospitals will be working closely on an aggressive electronic data interchange implementation program and a progressive Minority Business development agreement to supplement the primary contract.
 Owens & Minor, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of medical and surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals and other related products. Through its Vangard Labs subsidiary, the company also packages generic and brand-name pharmaceuticals. Owens & Minor, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OMI.
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 /CONTACT: Glenn J. Dozier, senior vice president, Operations and Systems, and chief financial officer of Owens & Minor, 804-965-2945/
 (OMI) CO: Owens & Minor, Inc. ST: Virginia IN: MTC SU: CON


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