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Utd.Drug PLC (UDG)

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Friday 21 April, 2006

Utd.Drug PLC

Holding in Company

United Drug PLC
21 April 2006


21st April 2006

Re: Holding in Company

A letter from Columbia Wanger Asset Management L.P. to United Drug plc dated 19
April 2006, received by United Drug plc on 21 April 2006.

Columbia Wanger Asset Management L.P, a U.S. investment adviser, is interested
in 15,545,982 ordinary shares of united Drug PLC ( the' Relevant Shares');

The registered holders of the Relevant Shares are

Wanger International Small Cap Advisor- State Street Nominees Ltd.

Wanger European Small Cap Fund - State Street Nominees Ltd, 939,000;

Columbia Acorn International Fund - State Street Nominees Ltd, 6,856,625 shares;

Columbia Acorn Fund - State Street Nominees Ltd, 4,145,810 shares.

AXP Partners Int'l Aggressive Growth Fund - Bank of New York 409,526 shares.

Oregon State Treasury - State Street Nominees Ltd, 667,374 shares.

Fairfax County Employee Retirement Fund - Mellon Bank Nominees Ltd, 85,949

This notification is given on behalf of Columbia Wanger Asset Management L.P and
its registered address at 227 W. Monroe Street, 30th Floor, Chicago, Illinois

Columbia Wanger Asset Management L.P

by WAM Acquisition GP, its general partner

Patrick Cunningham

Senior Compliance Officer

This announcement has been issued through the Companies Announcement Service of

                            The Irish Stock Exchange

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