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Tuesday 28 September, 2004

Utd.Drug PLC

New Board Appointments

United Drug PLC
28 September 2004

                                UNITED DRUG PLC

                   New Board Appointments at United Drug plc

United Drug plc is today (Tuesday, 28th September 2004) pleased to announce the
appointment of three new Directors to its Board. Mr. Gary McGann, Chief
Executive of the Jefferson Smurfit Group and Mr. Peter Gray, Chief Executive of
ICON plc join the Board as Non-Executive Directors, and Ms. Annette Flynn, Group
Development Manager of United Drug plc, joins the Board as an Executive

Mr. Philip Caffrey, an Executive Director since 1976, retires after more than
thirty years with the Company and Mr. Percy Delany, a Non-Executive Director
since 1986, recently reached retirement age and has stepped down from the Board.

Speaking on today's announcements, Mr. Martin Rafferty, Chairman of United Drug
plc said:

'I am delighted that Gary, Peter and Annette are joining the Board of United
Drug. They each bring a combination of experience, skills and perspective that
will benefit our Board in the years ahead as we continue to grow the business
and enhance shareholder value.

'On behalf of the Board I wish to thank Philip and Percy for their contribution
over many years. Over the course of Philip's career with United Drug, he has had
responsibility for three of our four divisions. His contribution has been
substantial. During their tenure of office, both Philip Caffrey and Percy Delany
participated in twenty years of unbroken profit growth at United Drug plc'.

For reference:         Liam FitzGerald                  Pauline McAlester
                       United Drug plc                  Murray Consultants
                       Tel: 00-353-1-4598877            Tel: 00-353-1-4980300

Tuesday, 28th September 2004

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