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500 Employees Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Cardinal Health Customer Service Center in Sherwood, Arkansas

SHERWOOD, Ark., January 31, 2006 — Cardinal Health, the leading provider of products and services supporting the health-care industry, today celebrated the one-year anniversary of its national customer service center in Sherwood, Ark., which now employs nearly 500 customer service professionals.

The 71,000-square-foot, $12 million facility is one of two new national customer service centers opened by Cardinal Health in 2006.  At the facility, customer service professionals respond to inquiries and help resolve issues for customers including hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies.

“Our customer service centers are critical to our ability to deliver knowledgeable, friendly and timely response to customer needs, nationwide,” said Vicki Perryman, senior vice president, customer service for Cardinal Health. “We chose to locate our service center in Sherwood because of its quality workforce and for the community’s healthcare knowledge. We are pleased to say that this new facility now handles more than 50% of our customer calls nationwide.”

Since entering Sherwood just a year ago, Cardinal Health employees have also demonstrated their commitment to the community by donating more than 260 hours worth of pre-paid calling cards to service men and women overseas, donating more than 1,400 pounds of food to the Arkansas Food Bank and by making product donations to Shepherd’s Hope Free Clinic.

“We are very proud to have Cardinal Health in our community,” said Jay Chesshir, President and CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. “They have already proven to be an outstanding corporate citizen, and their contribution to Central Arkansas has had a significant impact.”

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $75 billion, global company serving the health-care industry with a broad portfolio of products and services.  Through its diverse offerings, Cardinal Health delivers integrated health-care solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve efficiency and deliver better care to patients.  The company manufactures, packages and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, offers a range of clinical services and develops automation products that improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies.  Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 55,000 people on six continents.  More information about the company may be found at

Except for historical information, all other information in this news release consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.  These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied.  The most significant of these uncertainties are described in Cardinal Health's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports) and exhibits to those reports, and include (but are not limited to) the following: competitive pressures in its various lines of business; the loss of one or more key customer or supplier relationships or changes to the terms of those relationships; changes in the distribution patterns or reimbursement rates for health-care products and/or services; the results, consequences, effects or timing of any inquiry or investigation by or settlement discussions with any regulatory authority or any legal and administrative proceedings, including shareholder litigation; difficulties in opening new facilities or fully utilizing existing capacity; the costs, difficulties and uncertainties related the integration of acquired businesses; and general economic and market conditions.  Except to the extent required by applicable law, Cardinal Health undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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