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OWENS & MINOR RECEIVES EDI AWARD

 OWENS & MINOR RECEIVES EDI AWARD
 RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Owens & Minor, Inc.


(NYSE: OMI) has received an award as an industry leader on implementing Electronic Data Interchange in concert with a large number of trading partners. The awards are presented each year by "EDI, spread the word!," an industry clearing house. Awards were presented in eighteen other industries, and the Owens & Minor EDI Team's commitment to implementing electronic data interchange earned them the top spot in the health industry.
 Electronic Data Interchange is the paperless flow of business transactions from one person or place to another. It is an efficient, cost-effective means for exchanging information that reinforces Owens & Minor's position to be the leading low-cost distributor in the healthcare industry.
 Some other recipients of awards were GE Supply, IBM, ITT, 3M and Wal-Mart.
 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, 804-965-2945, or Hugh F. Gouldthorpe, Jr., Vice President-Corporate Communications, 804-965-2922, both of Owens & Minor, Inc./
 (OMI) CO: Owens & Minor, Inc. ST: Virginia IN: MTC SU:


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