updated 11/19/2010 8:16:01 AM ET 2010-11-19T13:16:01

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 19, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PSS World Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSSI) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jacksonville, Florida-based Linear Solutions, Inc. ("Linear"). Linear markets a proprietary system that allows physicians to dispense medications to patients on-site within their practice.  Linear's turn-key system provides inventory tracking, dispensing and reordering services for physician practices, as well as claims processing, management and assignment.  With operations throughout the country and a staff of 100 professionals, Linear is currently projected to generate approximately $45 million in annual revenue.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

David M. Bronson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PSS World Medical, Inc., commented, "We are pleased to announce this strategic acquisition.  Linear's product offering adds a new competency to our physician business, helping our physician customers add revenue to their practice while providing immediate care for their patients.  This, along with several smaller recent acquisitions, is directly in line with our purpose of strengthening the clinical success and financial health of caregivers."

PSS World Medical, Inc. is a national distributor of medical products to physicians and elder care providers through its two business units. Since its inception in 1983, PSS has become a leader in the two market segments that it serves with a focused market approach to customer services, a consultative sales force, strategic acquisitions, strong arrangements with product manufacturers and a unique culture of performance.           

Certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws.  These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of words such as "expect," "may," "will," "should," "believe," "plan," "anticipate," and "estimate" among others.  These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the control of the Company.  Actual results may differ materially from those identified in the forward-looking statements.  Among the factors that could cause results to differ materially are the following: fluctuating demand for our products and services; national and global economic conditions, including our and our customers' ability to obtain financing; the introduction of new products and services offered by us and our competitors; uncertainty of the impact of recently enacted healthcare laws; consolidation of healthcare providers; proper functioning of our data processing and information technology systems; our ability to successfully execute our global sourcing strategy; pricing pressures on large national and regional accounts and GPOs; customer credit quality and our ability to collect our accounts receivable, particularly in states with significant budget deficits; our ability to successfully execute our mergers and acquisitions strategy; our ability to compete with other medical supply companies and direct manufacturers; multi-tiered cost structures where certain institutions can obtain more favorable prices for medical products than us; our ability to maintain relationships with our suppliers and customers; our ability to retain sales reps and key management; our ability to execute our growth strategy; increased operating costs, including fuel prices; risks involved in maintaining a large amount of inventory; our indebtedness may limit our ability to obtain additional financing or react to market conditions; we face litigation and product liability exposure; weather-related events such as hurricanes may disrupt our and our customers' business; we may be deemed to infringe other persons intellectual property; our business is subject to numerous federal, state and foreign laws and regulations, including state pedigree laws and regulations; general business competitive and economic factors and conditions; and other factors described from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PSS assumes no obligation to update the information in this release except as otherwise required by law.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

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