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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Signs Vaccine Warehouse and Distribution Contract with Sentry BioPharma Services

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentry BioPharma Services, a provider of global biopharmaceutical cGMP warehouse, supply chain management, prescription drug distribution and clinical packaging services, announced today that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) selected Sentry to store and distribute influenza vaccine in support of its national strategic reserve.  Sentry's extensive experience in cGMP warehousing and global distribution of vaccines will ensure product integrity, supply chain security and fast, efficient distribution of the vaccines. Sentry will warehouse and distribute up to 500,000 vaccine doses from its cGMP, FDA registered facility.

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"Sentry's vaccine storage and drug distribution services are specifically designed to support government entities, hospitals and public health care agencies," said Mr. Timothy Mitchell, Sentry's president. "Sentry has a history of supporting the CDC for vaccine distribution needs that require temperature maintenance, robust quality programs and tailored distribution methodology.  Sentry will implement the 2012 contract for a third CDC success story since incorporating in 2005."

Sentry's vaccine storage and distribution service is designed to protect the efficacy of vaccine inventories throughout the supply chain. The company has the expertise, facility, personnel and protocols to securely store, accurately track and transport vaccines within the United States and beyond. Sentry's contracted services are ideally suited for both private and public entities that may require managing vaccine, pharmaceutical and biologic products.  Sentry's facility, systems and processes meet the CDC's recommendations for proper vaccine storage and handling procedures ( ). Additionally, the company holds the appropriate local, state and federal licenses and accreditations for safely handling and transporting commercially approved drug products.

About Sentry BioPharma Services

Sentry BioPharma Services maintains cGMP temperature-controlled storage for vaccine and other biopharmaceutical products, FDA labeling capability, drug distribution licenses and is located within a Foreign Trade Zone to exclusively serve the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care industries. Its facilities, infrastructure and services are specifically designed to meet the cGMP warehousing, packaging, cold chain logistics and contract service needs of pharmaceutical and biotech firms, health care providers and suppliers, contract research organizations (CROs), contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), wholesalers, distributors and government entities.

Sentry's management team offers expertise in pharmaceutical cold chain storage and logistics, quality assurance, biopharmaceutical packaging and kitting development. Sentry also offers strategic solutions for global pharmaceutical logistics, as well as end-to-end import and export management.

The company's validated processes and inventory tracking systems are FDA compliant, adhere to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and comply with stringent standard operating procedures (SOPs) outlined in Sentry's Validation Master Plan. Sentry is VAWD® accredited, which ensures its storage, handling and distribution methods meet the recognized guidelines of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. The company is privately held and strategically headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Media Contact:
Ms. April L. Lentz
Sentry BioPharma Services, Inc.
Phone: (866) 757-7400 ext. 107

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