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McKesson Canada has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Aesynt

MONTRÉAL, November 12, 2013 – Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, has completed the acquisition of McKesson's U.S. Hospital Automation business, which has been renamed Aesynt. As part of the closing, McKesson Canada has signed an agreement with Aesynt for exclusive distribution to the Canadian market.


"McKesson Canada is committed to hospital automation," explains Dale Weil, Senior Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Solutions and Strategy and Business Development. "Our Hospital Automation Solutions team will continue to sell equipment and services in Canada and support Canadian customers in collaboration with Aesynt."

Per Kraig McEwen, President of Aesynt, "We are confident that McKesson Canada will remain a great partner."

McKesson Corporation's intent to sell the U.S. Hospital Automation business was originally announced during its fiscal 2013 year-end earnings call and via press release on May 7, 2013.

The company's new name, Aesynt (pronounced "ascent"), reflects the corporate vision and growth strategy to continuously advance medication management solutions. Aesynt will formally launch its new identity at the 2013 Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), to take place from December 8th to 12th in Orlando, Florida. McKesson Canada's Hospital Automation Solutions team will participate in exhibitor activities with Aesynt at ASHP.

About McKesson Canada

Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health care industry to provide patients better, safer care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada.

For further information:

Elizabeth Huart
Advisor, Corporate Communications
McKesson Canada's