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UNITED HEALTHCARE CORPORATION'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY NAMES BRUGAL PRESIDENT OF ITS WHOLESALE DIVISION

 Former Merck Executive To Run Diversified Pharmaceutical Services'
 Operations Focused At HMOs, PPOs And Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans
 MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Diversified Pharmaceutical Services (Diversified), United HealthCare Corporation's (NYSE: UNH) prescription drug benefit management company, has named Fred Brugal, M.D., president of its Wholesale Division.
 Brugal will be responsible for leading Diversified's efforts in providing prescription drug benefit management services for HMOs, PPOs, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Diversified is the nation's leader in developing and implementing clinically based prescription drug management programs for health plans, serving close to 20 percent of the health plan market.
 "We feel that Fred is the perfect person to shape Diversified's wholesale business for continued growth," said Travers Wills, Diversified's chief executive officer. "His management record and background in the pharmaceutical industry are unsurpassed, and he will open opportunities for Diversified to expand its products and market penetration. Fred's unique blend of enthusiasm, creativity and excellent business skills will be a tremendous asset in developing new alliances and implementing projects with managed care decision makers."
 Prior to Diversified, Brugal was director of medical partnerships for Merck & Company, Inc. and was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with the pharmaceutical manufacturer's key customers and influential trade groups. Before that, he was founder and medical director of Medic-3, a multi-discipline medical center serving 5,000 patients in New York City.
 Brugal received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Puerto Rico and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in nuclear medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and Cornell Medical Center.
 United HealthCare Corporation is a national leader in health care management serving purchasers, users, managers and providers of health care since 1974. The company offers a broad range of products through 18 locally based health plans and nine non-geographically bounded specialty care management companies. The company's services include: HMOs; PPOs; health plan management; pharmaceutical cost management; managed mental health and substance abuse services; utilization management; workers compensation/casualty services; specialized provider networks; employee assistance services; Medicare and managed care programs for the aged; health care evaluation services; information systems; and administrative services.
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 /CONTACT: David P. Koppe, vice president, treasurer & controller, 612-939-7760, or Susan Busch, director, Specialty Operations Public Relations & Marketing Communications, 612-936-7347, both of United HealthCare Corporation/
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