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Summit VetPharm Enters Agreement With MWI Veterinary Supply to Distribute Vectra(R) Products
Date:2/11/2010

RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit VetPharm has announced that it has entered into an agreement with MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. to distribute Vectra® products in all 50 states. MWI, based in Meridian, Idaho, sells more than 30,000 products sourced from over 500 vendors to more than 20,000 veterinary practices nationwide.

"We are very excited to be deepening our relationship with one of the largest and most successful wholesale distributors of animal health products in the U.S.," commented Rich Shavelson, Director of Sales for Summit VetPharm. "With MWI's impressive track record and team of skilled sales professionals, veterinarians will be able to make an educated decision on which flea and tick product is best for their patients."

Jim Cleary, President and Chief Executive Officer of MWI, commented, "We believe the relationship with Summit VetPharm will strengthen the MWI commitment to veterinarians. The alignment of the philosophies of Summit VetPharm and MWI in the areas of product quality, commitment to the veterinary industry and dedication to customer satisfaction makes this partnership an excellent match."

"MWI takes pride in maintaining long-term customer relationships.  We are confident that with the Vectra® lineup of parasiticide products, veterinarians can be assured that their clients will be receiving maximum protection for their pets based on the latest technology," explained Cleary.

MWI will be joining other distributors as an authorized veterinary distributor for Summit VetPharm's products. In addition to a powerful distribution network, Summit VetPharm is continuing to work with its co-promotion partner, Abbott Animal Health, to represent the Vectra portfolio of products.

Summit VetPharm offers unique veterinarian-dispensed ectoparasiticidal topicals for companion animals. Vectra 3D®, a broad-spectrum topical with dinotefuran, a third-generation neonicotinoid, effectively protects dogs against six vectors – fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, lice (biting and sucking) and mites. Vectra for Dogs & Puppies™, Vectra for Cats & Kittens™ and Vectra for Cats® feature a combination of dinotefuran and pyriproxyfen that delivers rapid, effective and complete flea control (all flea life stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens).

Summit VetPharm continues their commitment to Bloodhound® Technology – an innovative, proprietary track-and-trace system backed by the power of an anti-diversion agreement to ensure veterinary exclusivity and authenticity of the Vectra products. Mr. Shavelson states, "MWI and all authorized distributors have installed the Bloodhound® Technology system in their facilities and they have been validated to ensure that the integrity of our products is maintained through secure distribution channels."

About Summit VetPharm

Founded by veterinarians and experienced industry professionals, Summit VetPharm is committed to protecting the health and welfare of both companion animals and veterinary practices. As a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Corporation and part of the Sumitomo Corporation group of companies, Summit VetPharm is backed by a longstanding reputation for values and ethics in business. Summit VetPharm is headquartered in Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. For more information, visit Summit VetPharm at www.summitvetpharm.com.

About MWI Veterinary Supply

MWI is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians across the United States of America. Products MWI sells include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products. MWI markets these products to veterinarians in both the companion animal and production animal markets. For more information about MWI, please visit their website at www.mwivet.com.

Vectra, Vectra 3D, Vectra for Cats and Bloodhound are registered trademarks and Vectra for Dogs & Puppies and Vectra for Cats & Kittens are trademarks of Summit VetPharm, LLC.

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