McKesson to Sell Its McKesson Asia-Pacific Business to Medibank Private Ltd.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), the world’s leading healthcare services company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its McKesson Asia Pacific business to Medibank Private Ltd., the largest private health services and insurer in Australia. The acquisition is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2010, subject to customary conditions, including regulatory review in Australia.

McKesson Asia Pacific (MAP) is a leading provider of phone- and Web-based healthcare services, including telephone triage, health and wellness advice, chronic disease management and mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 1995 and acquired by McKesson in 2000, MAP has grown to be a core part of the healthcare systems of those two countries. Medibank is an existing MAP customer and offers many complementary services to its customers.

The divestiture is the result of an unsolicited offer from Medibank, and McKesson will continue to have a presence in the Asia Pacific region through distribution of the company’s other product offerings and its sourcing operations. Under the arrangement, McKesson Asia Pacific will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Health Services Australia Pty Limited, which is a subsidiary of Medibank.

“This was a unique opportunity to join two highly successful partners,” said Emad Rizk, MD, President, McKesson Health Solutions. “McKesson Asia Pacific has delivered telephonic health management programs in Australia and New Zealand serving both the national and state governments of those countries over the past five years. We have also served Medibank’s members with chronic care services and are excited about Medibank’s potential to leverage the MAP business to provide even more of their members with access to high quality, convenient healthcare services.”

The transaction is a share purchase. At the close, Medibank will own 100 percent of the shares in McKesson Asia Pacific. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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About Medibank Private Ltd.

Medibank is Australia’s largest private health services and insurance group. Under brands that include Medibank Private and ahm we cover almost 3.4 million people, with significant membership in every state and territory. Medibank Private offers health insurance to all Australians, as well as catering for overseas students and visitors, and our Members’ Choice Network of health care providers extends across the country. We also offer a range of personal insurances, including travel insurance for both domestic and international travel, life insurance, and pet insurance.

Medibank is a leader in corporate health cover products and offers a suite of health and wellbeing programs. More broadly, we have increased our health management capability significantly over the past 12 months - through our mergers with HSA Group and ahm, and are now a leading provider of programs which improve the health status of our customers. Trading as “Medibank Health Solutions”, our Medical Services and Allied Health Services businesses deliver workplace health services such as health assessments, vaccinations, injury treatment and injury prevention and management and rehabilitation services to governments and corporate Australia. Our Travel Doctor business offers specialised travel health services, vaccinations and advice to government, corporate and private clients via clinics located across Australia.

Medibank services are provided through an Australia-wide distribution network, which consists of over 100 retail outlets, 50 clinics, a national network of customer care call centres and our various business websites -,,,

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit


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