Eastern European Markets
March, 27. 2006

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Tamro has today acquired the Polish independent pre-wholesaler FarmPlus Sp z. o.o from Mediplus Incorporated. FarmPlus, with annual sales of EUR 250 million and 75 employees, is one of the leading full-service importers and distributors of pharmaceutical products in Poland. The deal is pending approval from the competition authorities.

Based in Warsaw, the company is in the business of importing, warehousing, promoting, sale and distribution of pharmaceutical products in the territory of Poland. “By joining Tamro Group we are able to serve our customers better in our growing market, due to the synergies brought with Tamro’s long experience in Scandinavian pre-wholesale markets” says Artur Haze, Managing Director of FarmPlus Sp. z o.o.

“FarmPlus’s supplier base matches ours very well, and we are eager to provide current and new pre-wholesale customers with superior logistics and added value services in Poland” says Jo Langmoen, CEO & President of Tamro Group. “We recognize the good performance of FarmPlus’ management and look forward to continuing the good co-operation with them” he continues.

With a population of 39 million, the Polish pharmaceutical market size is estimated at EUR 3.5 billion (2005), with growth of 8% compared to 2004.

About Tamro Group:
Tamro Group is the leading pharmaceutical wholesaler in Northern Europe with retail operations in Norway, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Group operates in Northern Europe, Poland and through a minority share in Russia. Tamro's average share of pharmaceutical wholesaling in the Nordic countries is approx. 52%. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Tamro employs over 4500 people and produces annual revenues of approximately EUR 4,9 billion

For further information:
Artur Haze, Managing Director, FarmPlus Sp. z.o.o.,
tel. +48 22 569 0900
Jo Langmoen, CEO, Tamro Group
tel. +358 20 445 4050

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